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    Whats the first thing you do to test out a new blade?

    After a couple of weeks oiling, messing around with edge geometry and forcing patinas on the first knife I've made, it was due for it first proper use. Cut up some wood with it for the BBQ (baptism of fire) then took it to work on the four essential food groups; steak, potatoes, cheese and bacon. It happily obliged to make short work of them all. This is not a vegetable slicer by any stretch if the imagination at almost 1/4" thick but it handled the task without much fuss. This is a meat processing blade and it sliced through that steak like butter, absolutely stoked








    I didn't actually use it to eat my meal. Haha

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    See if it can shave my hair

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    Smile Whats the first thing you do to test out a new blade?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vittorio View Post
    See if it can shave my hair
    There is one trick - Finger Nail Trick - stick out your index finger and (Seriously, be carefully) gently lay the edge of your knife on your fingernail so the knife is perpendicular to your finger. If your knife bits into your fingernail with ABSOLUTELY NO PRESSURE, and doesn’t slide around, then your knife is reasonably sharp.

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    I do not have to test my knives, I purchase the right knife for the purpose in hand, & I use old antique blades.
    Keith.

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    Are you wanting to test just the edge or the edge and it's retention?
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    Arm hair test .
    Then if it fails that straight on the Wicked edge till its sharp .

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    * Cut the leather type dead skin from the heel of my foot.
    * Paper cut test
    * Arm hair shave or if I don’t have a shirt on my guts hair. ( I have been known to have an occasional smooth leg as well)

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    Wait for a n00bs to claret.
    Last edited by DoHi; 10-08-2019 at 19:05. Reason: Necro-thread...
    I do love me a Flipping Tanto.
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