Too Sharp

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  1. Daniel Klinglesmith

    Daniel Klinglesmith Ornory Old Dog Supporter Banned

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    Anyone else have a problem with getting knives too sharp? My opinel 8 carbon is too sharp, I can't do anything with it without getting cut in some way. It seams like I can lay it on a table and go to the other side of the room and cut my damn thumb on it. How about some stories here.

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    When they start accidentally removing my fingerprints..... That is too sharp. :eek: :D
     
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    Sharper=less effort to cut=more control=safer. That's is what I believe, and I'm sticking to it.
     
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    Maybe you need to unsharpen on a brick before you use them. Two or three scrubs at a right angle and that should fix it right up for cutting warm butter and Twinkies.
    I know what you mean with the Opinels....that soft carbon steel they use takes a keen edge and I have been snake bit by mine a few times.
     
  5. Daniel Klinglesmith

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    My problem is when I'm working on something I will lay it down, everytime I reach for it, seams like I touch the blade and get cut. Nice little cuts, you know like PAPER cuts, hurt like hell.
     
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    My opi is sharp like that as is my frog leg from Diaz tools. The frog leg is like scalpel sharp and I am always very careful when it goes back in the sheath.
     
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    I like my knives so sharp they'll cut your eye just looking at them. A sharp knife demands respect. If your not going to respect that sharpness your going to get bit now and then. Once you and your sharp edge learn to respect each other its a true pleasure to use one. The knife will do its cutting with ease and you'll only have to give it gentle guidance. When that happens you won't tolerate dull knives.

    To me, a dull knife or axe is way more dangerous than a sharp one. I've cut myself many more times with a dull knife that I've ever cut myself with a sharp knife.

    Just my experience, others will vary

    'drif
     
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    I have a very old, very sharp, Old Hickory butcher knife that I use a lot for making hiking sticks. This is a scary knife for me because I chopped the end of my thumb off with it when I was a kid. When I'm using it now I always wear leather boots because I'm worried about dropping it on my foot. I wear sandals a lot in warm weather, but if I dropped this knife on my foot it could chop toes right off. I love this knife because of the work it will do, but I'm afraid of it.

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    :eek: that's sharp I think I just got cut just from the pic. Prov 27:17
     
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    That is funny.
    I have cut myself with carvers after sloppily putting them down on the workbench.
    Is it possible for a knife to be too sharp?
     
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    I don't think it's possible for a knife to be to sharp. If you think about it, I am sure most of us here have been cut ten times more often by something that was not a knife and not sharp. Working with a socket wrench or screwdriver for example. Opening a can. Using the bottle cap lifter on a swiss army knife. Just reaching your hand into somewhere. The back of your your hands and around your knuckles had likely bled more often then anywhere elese and without ever being cut by a knife.
     
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    I work alot more with axes and definitely seem to get more small cuts when working with Plumb heads. They take an edge so well and my work bench is a mess. Sloppiness and sharpiness do not mix well!
     
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    Too sharp
    Too much money
    Too pretty
    Too many guns
    Too much ammo
    Too much beer... I can relate!! :cool:

    -John
     
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    I thought this thread was going to be about edge retention.
    I don't think you can have too sharp a knife as far as handling it.
     
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    If your getting cut, its just the knives way of reminding you how to be careful. Affectionate little devil.
     
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    Richinva Lover of Sharpened Bits of Steel... Supporter

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    No problem for me!! I like me some sharp!!
     
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    I have a AA knife that is a razor and has just cut the sheats laying on my bed.
     
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    I keep my knives sharp enough to cut the stink off of s$#t.
    My wife will absolutely not touch my hand made paring knife, she is afraid of it.
     
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    John, I can't relate! Too sharp and too pretty are the only ones on your list that pertain to me! :D
     
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    I got a WorkSharp for Christmas last year, so naturally I immediately went to the kitchen and fixed all the damage I'd done poorly sharpening our knives over the last decade. Mrs. 5col cut herself by the end of the day. It turns out that 10 years of dull knives built up some bad cutlery habits in both of us.

    On the plus side, tomato slices are on the menu again. I was getting pretty tired of mashed tomatoes on my sandwiches.;)
     
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    ^^ A sharp tool is a safe tool:)
     
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    According to my wife I sharpen almost everything too well. She once just “touched” my tomahawk while dusting (doesn’t everyone leave their tomahawk on the dresser?). She was not impressed. I got a nice sheath for it a couple days later.
     
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    Lol, for that reason my wife doesn't dust hahaha. There's a sharp hatchet on most of our bookshelves.
     
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    I never seen a knife that was too sharp.
     
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    Let;s say you sharpen a "knife hard" "chopper" to a razor-like edge - say 15º inclusive - and whale away on some gnarly, frozen, knot-filled piece of Black Ironwood, mesquite, Osage Orange, or Block Locust. That might be "too sharp," if "sharp" means acute. :46:
     
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    ^^^This^^^
    Dominick..........
     
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    I feel compelled to warn the ladies...NO granny cuts!! A cutting board has a valuable function!! :cool:

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    razor blade, edge protrudes below handle with razor corner, zero tactile warning of slippery smooth wood handle, with downslope to that sharp corner, equals blood...a compatible with design thing. Takes a rare puukko for us to get along, and those come from Finland.

    Nobody should be suprised. I have early 1900s Mora, Sweden knives, 1950s same town knives including their biggun, and i do not use them because I know they will get me.

    Modern knives with dropped choil and edge, and back corner of edge close in where finger wants to rest, and a 90° razor corner will do the same, but those I dull with a few strops and not as if hand can slip onto the edge.
     
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    I never cut myself with my knives (until making a public claim like this). I keep them all as sharp as they’ll go ............and Opinels do get sharp. HOWEVER, I’m continually cutting myself on just about everything else!

    Case in point; mere minutes after shaving with a straight razor, I’m in the kitchen covering up a bowl of food with Saran Wrap. I bump the box of wrap and as it starts to fall, I grab it with my ninja like reflexes...........a stupid ninja, but a fast one. I sliced my thumb VERY effectively with the serrated metal strip on the box!

    I’ve cut myself with the aluminum seal on a can of coffee once also. And just this week I cut my hand while swinging a SOG tomahawk, but it was the safety glass I was tomahawking that took chips from my hand, not the hawk.

    But give me a nice sharp knife or other tool and I’ll respect the hell out of it and be perfectly safe.
     
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    too sharp? that's like being too good looking..

    i'm okay with it. :)
     
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    yeah i hate it keep having to buy new sharpeners due to cutting the old ones up...........
     

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