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post #1 of 10
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The Lifetime Cutlery: Old Homestead knife line is the set that I have to practice sharpening on. They appear to be likely 10-20+ years old, but beyond that I really don't know anything about them,. and when searching for them online am really only finding sites selling replacement items for their silverware and what not.

Is anyone able to tell me something about these knives? I have had some difficulty sharpening them so far, as they all seem to have uneven bevels, and I'm just not drawing a burr (granted I have never tried to sharpen a knife prior to tonight). I actually like the weighting, balance, and ergonomics, so I can actually see myself using these once I get them to a serviceable edge (Which is a long ways off...I dont think a honing steel was even used with these, even though one was present).
post #2 of 10
Don't stress about how good they are or not. For your purposes, they sound like a good training set.

I think it's been mentioned to you already, but take a black permanent marker to those bevels and try your hand at sharpening. What remains after a sharpening stroke will show you where it's off and help you refine the bevel. Further, when you get the bevel set, the marker trick helps you learn the angle as you'll clean off the marker evenly with your proper stroke.
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What are you doing to determine if you've pulled a wire (aka burr)?

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I'm not concerned with the quality of the knives as far as them being practice knives, I just want to know more about them and the steel they use for after they're sharpened and ready to use. I am also wondering what angle the blade will be able to sustain.

I did start with marker on it, but I need to get my hands on something that isnt just green highlighter :p doesnt really do the trick.


I was feeling the edges with my thumb for the burr.
post #5 of 10

We bought our set in 1981 at service merchandise. I do nit know any more than that. Our set is still servicing our needs to this day.

post #6 of 10

Hmm. What's your stone, and what's your procedure?

 

You should be able to draw a burr on any knife pretty fast if you use a strong angle. If not, you've got the wrong stone, the wrong technique, or the wrong angle. But you might have it all right -- and previous folks have used the wrong angle and ground you out of their league, in which case you need a different stone....

 

Anyway, can you amplify?

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My lifetime has run out on mine. I need replacements, but I guess they are not free.... Any suggestions?

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My lifetime has run out on mine. I need replacements, but I guess they are not free.... Any suggestions?

Thrift stores or Ebay. I have found zero info on who made them but Carvel Hall had knives that are damn near a dead match for them other than the logo and the Carvels had better wood. Probably made in the same Japanese factory

 

I see lots of them in thrift stores and seldom are they beyond redemption. What has given out on yours? Ground way down, loose handles, significant damage or other?

 

Jim

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My lifetime has run out on mine. I need replacements, but I guess they are not free.... Any suggestions?

Buy other, better knives.

 

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Buy other, better knives.

 

BDL


Well there is always that. :)

 

Jim

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