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vintage knives

Discussion in 'The Kitchen Knife' started by MotoMike, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    Been eyeballing some old carbon knives. a few I've seen have been badly abused with the cutting edges nicked and battered. many seem to have been sharpened unevenly where the profile of the edge when put on a board actually is concave where the edge contacts the board at the heel, then in the middle is not on the board, but then as it gets towards the tip is on the board. Is this a deal breaker? what would be the best way to correct that flaw if enough blade remains to be useful?

    Seems like Forgecrafts are very popular now. no deals to find lately.
  2. Rick

    Rick aka Pensacola Tiger Founding Member Gold Contributor

    I've only done it once, and it was a lot of work, so much that I'd probably never attempt it again, but you can correct the profile by doing what our razor-loving brethren call "breadknifing". Grind the edge straight on the edge of a coarse stone (if you use the face you will seriously shorten the life of the stone after removing the grooves you cut into it). Then thin the knife to restore the geometry.
  3. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    ah so the blade is standing at a 90 degree angle to the stone during this bread knifing procedure until it is straight again. That does seem like a lot of work but answers a question I had about how you do it evenly. thanks Rick
  4. butch

    butch Founding Member

    that s only part of it after getting a straight edge then you need to thin the parts you flattened out to make it even with the ground dip that wass in the blade
    less it minor to me its belt grinderr work
  5. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    Thanks Butch. Damn, now I have to get a belt grinder
  6. John Fout

    John Fout Founding Member

    If it is the butcher style blade in the old hickory and Forgecraft, isn't there a small dip for breaking? I know I've ground it out in a couple... but left it on for others.

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  7. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    mostly it is Forgey and old hickory chef knife type (gyuto-ish)240ish that I'm looking for.
  8. butch

    butch Founding Member

    for me its belt grinder work but it all depends on how much time you have on your hands and how fast you need things sdone
  9. Mrmnms

    Mrmnms Founding Member Gold Contributor

    Mike, if you find a knife you really like but needs a little help, trace the line you're looking for and send it my way. I have a new grinder that is ready for some projects.
  10. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    Thanks Mike I will keep that in mind.

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