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    Lawdog
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    Hello All,  I’m about to take the plunge into Wicked Edge and I am planning my list of purchase items.  Can you guys/gals give me the names of some inexpensive knife sets (for kitchen) andfolders etc, that would have a good steel to practice on.   Unless I screw them up big time, I can give them away as gifts or keep them as backups.  I rather practice on lesser quality knives then use my better knives until I am confident at the new system.   Names of brands/models would be helpful. Thanks in advance.  Dave.

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    MarcH
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    David, welcome to the W.E. forum. It’s recommended you start your sharpening experience with beater knives. Something relegated to bottom of a kitchen junk drawer. It’s better to practice on knives that are in need of sharpening, maybe with edge damage. A thrift store is a good source for practice knives. This is because all the new diamond sharpening stones need breaking in before they yield the results we expect. At the same time that you’ll be breaking in your new sharpening stones you’ll be figuring out how to use the W. E. system properly while practicing on beater/crap knives. If you’re just looking for an excuse to buy new knives I’d start with inexpensive knives from Walmart or Dollar Store.

    Marc
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    #58167
    Lawdog
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    Thank you Marc. What I think I’m looking for is a list of fairly inexpensive knives  or knife sets with a decent amount of carbon that would be closer to the quality of knives that I will eventually be sharpening.  I have several of Outdoor Edge knives etc but they are just a cheaper stainless. As I understand it, practicing on junk, low carbon content knives will only confuse and frustrate me on my learning journey.  I’m all ears at this point.  I am a complete novice at this point.  (Big ears and small mouth).

    #58168
    MarcH
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    You don’t buy a Ferrari when you’re learning how to drive. Because, if you were to learn how to drive on a Ford Escort you’ll be confused when you eventually drive well enough to drive the Ferrari.

    I stand by the recommendations of all those who came before me and taught me so I can try to help you. Learn how to sharpen on junk or cheap knives first. Then when your stones are broken in and you have a good foundation, a basic technique and a general understanding for how to use a W.E. whatever knife you chose to sharpen you’ll be ready to take it on.

    Marc
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    #58169
    Lawdog
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    Roger that Marc. I love that analogy as well!  Thank you

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