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Jim Cooley



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:22 pm    Post subject: Polish knives Reply with quote

Knives from Poland are the best! :-)

Seriously, being of a geeky nature I often overlook the blatently obvious and had an AHA! moment today when dicing onions. My knife (carbon steel) seemed to be dragging, so I got some pretty heavy-duty scouring powder (Sabena), laid it flat on a cutting board and polished the heck out of it.

I've been doing this with my stainless steel pans for years and they are smooth as glass, but it never occured to me to do the same for my knives.

Boy, what a difference that makes! It's not like I let them rust; in fact, I'm very careful to dry them immediately after every use (they stay sharper longer, that way, too). But there was a layer of oxidation on them causing the friction.

So there's my dumb tip. Teasing
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Dilbert



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

>>layer of oxidation

ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssh.

don't tell the carbon knife freaks; they call it a "patina"

somehow the patina makes for a better edge. personally never figgered that part out, but the knife nuts have.
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Jim Cooley



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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somehow the patina makes for a better edge. personally never figgered that part out, but the knife nuts have.


That makes no sense. A freshly honed knife would have no oxidation on its edge at all, just fresh raw steel.

Patina it is. Thanks for the correction.
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