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Got a Tormek T-1 for my Girlfriend...

Discussion in 'Sharpening forum' started by roaduck, Nov 7, 2023.

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    But will she use it - I dunno because I got her a Ruixin Pro - 009 manual fixed edge sharpening rig last year - and it`s still in the drawer.Will have to go to charity like the pull-throughs and the Catrahone diamond electric sharpener.
    I don`t need them because I`ve learnt to get an edge using impromptu methods in the field etc freehand.

    I had no space for a Tormek T-2 because my kitch is tiny and I thought this would be less of a learning curve for her than a manual system.I still need to teach her to get the hang of it.
    It`s a quiet (45 db) slow (200 rpm) #600 grit diamond wheel and it has an embedded grit rubber wheel on the other end for honing.It is designed for most kitchen knives and outdoor ones.
    The good thing about it is you can use it dry and it`s not messy and big.
    My lady is busy working and hasn`t got a lot of patience - we will have to see if she uses it.
    Do you guys use stones or do you prefer diamond and CBN ?
  2. Wagner the Wehrwolf

    Wagner the Wehrwolf Founding Member

    I've never seen such a device. I use primarily splash and go diamond stones. I have a few Japanese wet stones but they rarely get used
  3. The Tormek T-1 has only recently come out in the last year or so Wagner the Wehrwolf.
    I got it because it`s the only thing that`ll fit in my tiny kitch, is relatively simple and fast to operate, also quiet and doesn`t leave loads of steel swarf and sludge all over the bench so it`s a doddle to clean up afterwards.
    Of course I jumped on it before I read the reviews but Tormek have a good reputation for good results with all sorts of blades on their bigger T-4 and T-8 pro grinders, which I`ve used at friend`s workshops and garages with synthetic grinding wheels.
    Perhaps my good lady will use it eventually with gentle cajoling but if not I`ll just give it away or flog it.
    These are my cheapie diamond whetstones and one decent Atoma at the top of the piccy.
    I use a Japanese Atoma #140 diamond stone and a few bargain basement diamond plates mostly dry and I don`t use my cheapie natural stones because they`re too messy and take ages to get results.
    The eventual results I`ve got with a few friends` Wusties, Sabs chefs knives are very good in just a few minutes.
    I just raise a burr on both sides, feel for it then hone it off with the built-in angled rubber wheel (so each wheel doesn`t impede sharpening or honing.I don`t even need a finer grit than #600 ; that`s fine for me.
    I`d say the results are better than my fixed 35 degree total electric Catrahone diamond sharpener and on a par to a Wicked Edge manual fixed angle rig or my Ruixin Pro 009 F/A rig using diamond plates dry.
    I can get a good edge by hand with a #400 diamond stone.
    I`m used to freehand sharpening on any abrasive surface and on rocks and concrete outside.
    I can re-profile,make a new point, thin or get big chips out of knives by hand - I don`t need a big Tormek bench grinder; even if I had the space.
    I find it dead relaxing - I just drift off - like stroking a cat.
  4. Wagner the Wehrwolf

    Wagner the Wehrwolf Founding Member

    Very interesting. Thanks!

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