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    Ziggy
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    Gents, I know (too) little about belt grinders. But if I want to get one – and I emphasize quality, not quantity of knives I sharpen – what should I get?

    The names I keep hearing over and over again are Kalamazoo and Tormek.

    What else should I be looking for? Variable speed control? Ability to do straight edges? Availability of belts?

    Tormek is nice, wet stone, nice and slow, jig.
    And jigs and jigs and jigs.

    I tend not to use it as often, too much time, but a great tool in the arsenal.

    #21402
    Josh
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    I have a Viel, but tend to go to the Kali.
    Both about the same size.
    Belt alignment easier with the Kali.
    I don’t use the attachments much as I freehand.

    That said, judge my angles are done by the width of the spine to belt in relation to height, so I work edge down anyway.
    Makes the bur stay and gives you a gauge just how bad the owners screwed up with their bowl shaped stone 🙂
    Can do with the Viel as well, without attachments, but I like a short platen, the Viel makes me keep my shoulders and arms up.

    6 of 1, half dozen of the other.

    Viels long platen is great for roller coaster edges, and it lays down with no mods, which can come in handy.

    just my 2 cents

    Man Ziggy… You sound like you have almost every piece of equipment one could hope for! Lol

    Yeah I’ve never owned one but I like the idea theoretically. I also freehand on knives but for some things a jig is nice (such as a TAS for example). So what would you think about the Viel if you could modify it and shorten the platen?

    The kali is like the creme of the crop to be sure when it comes to small portable sanders.

    Hopefully at some point in the near future I am going to be converting my 2×72 to water cooled and then putting a VFS on it…. It will be a sweet settup to be sure!

    – Josh

    #21403
    tuffy braithwaite
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    this fellow sells the complete unit – motor and all – Veil ticket.
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    http://sharpeningmadeeasy.com/belt.htm

    *****read link at the end*****………if you need to save some money and are able to build your own belt sharpener, go to this page.
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    i have two buddies that use this model – a pit pricey, but they love it.
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    http://www.thesharpshoponline.com/

    #21404
    tuffy braithwaite
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    zig
    u are referring to the trizacts or the linen when u say ..” i can go back”?

    please advise on vendor for the ‘Ceramic Norton blaze ticket also.

    i do normally stop at the a16 then leather.
    thanks

    Trizacts …. completely different then regular belts.

    There are others for Norton, but Jantz has them:
    http://www.knifemaking.com/product-p/na42120.htm

    Supergrit is hit or miss on who makes the grit, but they are not bad at all, especially for the price:

    http://www.supergrit.com/products/products_belts-ceramic.asp

    Trizacts there as well.

    For fast grinding and angle making.
    They do leave scratches, especially before broke in, but eve making the difference up with an a100 is quick and accurate.[/quote]
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    i have only bought trizacts from Doug Rising
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    The Cutting Edge Sharpening Service
    2006 – Present (8 years)Honey Grove, TX 75446 903-227-2118

    Sharpen knives, scissors, clippers, garden tools and salon shears.Also quilting shears and pinking shears. Sell a line of re-fabricated Trizact abrasive belts to sharpening market. Train and teach sharpening nationaly. Repair electric clippers (Wahl, Oster, Andis.) Onsite and mail order.

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    tuffy braithwaite
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    this outfit in texas sells a nice 1×30″ belt sander. i almost bought one 2 years ago.

    anyone know of anybody who has one?
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    http://www.houseofblades.com/products/house-of-blades-custom-belt-sharpening-system.html

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