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Old 01-15-2017, 08:35 AM
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There is never a shortage of opinions on grinders choices for newbies.

Your biggest problem with a 1x30 is going to be speed after heat treatment. When you do secondary grinding (that which is done to achieve final dimensions post-heat treat) you need a slower belt to keep the heat down or your temper is going to be compromised. The knife won't hold an edge and you'll be wondering why.

I still have my old 1x30 and it gets some tasks now and then narrowing pin-stock and such, but it touches no blade.

I started on a 6 inch Delta bench grinder with a stone wheel and a 1/5HP variable speed motor. I thought I was UPTOWN with that variable speed baby! I even hollow ground my first knife with the stone!

From there, I went to a 2x48 Multitool II which still sharpens blades in my shop. That is a fine tool with an 8" serrated wheel and a platen. I hooked it to a 1/3HP 9" variable speed Delta bench grinder where it remains today. I made many knives with it (slowly, lol).

I built my 2x72 with a 2HP farm duty from Tracy Mickley's plans for sale at USA Knifemaker's Supply. Love it!

There are many paths, but know this:
If someone had told me when I started out 12 years ago that I could only be happy as a knifemaker by spending $2000 or even $600 on grinder..., I would not be a knifemaker today.

There is always an easier and arguably better way. In the end, the quality of knife you make is a function of your individual technical skill and your artistic talent. Tools be ####ed.

If you don't acquire the skill or develop the talent, no KMG, Uber, Wilmont, Burr King, Bader, Tw-90, or any other 'comma grinder' will make a difference.

...one man's opinion.


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Old 01-15-2017, 09:06 AM
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well said sir !!
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Old 01-16-2017, 06:44 AM
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Just remember some of the finest examples of early man's knives were all done without power tools......
Power tools just help you make your mistakes faster (and often much worse)!
It is the skill of the artist not the price or size of the tool.

(well said Andrew)


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Hey Andy, just noticed your KCKA link. Looks like you guys are going pretty strong now, good to see. Maybe next time wife and I are out in Augusta we can make the connection - last time was just too hectic.


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