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Feb 10, 2010 11:53 AM

Obessive Compuslive Knife Sharpening Disorder

As the title suggested, I believe I have Obessive Compuslive Knife Sharpening Disorder (OCKSD). Most people do not send their knives out for professional sharpening more than once a year. I told myself that I should not sharpen my knives more than once every two months, but every time I find my knives slightly less sharp, I sharpened them, so I ended up sharpening my knives about once every two weeks if not more often. Sometime, I sharpened them just to put a new edge angle to try, like my Dexter Chinese chef's knife, which took me more than 2 hours.

My question to you is that: How often do you sharpen your knives? I don't mean honing or stropping. I mean sharpening. If you have OCKSD, are you seeking treatment? If so, where are you getting your help? I think we should have a OCKSD supporting group.

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  1. There is a support group already in existence. It's call Fred's Cutlery Forum. You should join, if you aren't already a member.

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    1. re: RGC1982


      I thought the Fred's Cutley Forum and other knifeforum are only make me worse, not better. RGC, how often do you touch up your knives? I mean for a given knife. So if you touch up knife A this week and knife B next week and then knife C a week later, I won't count that as every week.

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        It depends on which knife and what I am cutting. I am somewhat lazy with my carbon steel Sabatiers, and can keep those pretty sharp with a grooved steel because they are soft. I usually just use a ceramic rod on my Shuns, and the same grooved steel on my German knives. Not every time -- maybe every other time. Every now and then, I am in the mood to pull out my whetstones -- maybe once every other month. The smaller German knives are now much sharper than factory after using these (I think I have 1200/6000, from Korin, but I need to check), and the Shuns have only needed a light touch on these in the two years I have had them. I haven't yet had to send them out for sharpening.

        1. re: RGC1982


          1200/6000 sounds right. Your sharpening schedule sounds a lot more healthy than mine. Hopefully, I will slow down to about one sharpening per month.

        2. re: Chemicalkinetics

          The FoodieForum is not the therapy you are looking for to cure this disorder but you will feel better amongst those with more serious illness.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Actually, now that I have re-read your response, I think you should count this scenario as an every week event. Look at it this way: If you are an alcoholic, and one week you binge on vodka, the next week on scotch, and the next on bourbon, you were still drunk for three weeks -- correct? Since this topic is technically about a DISORDER, I think your scenario of not counting this as a weekly event (for you, not the knives, who cannot have a disorder) is a symptom of the typical rationalization that addicts might use to justify why they are still sharpening each week.

            Nope, I disagree. You need to put your stones AWAY for three weeks out of the month in order to convince me that you are not sharpening once a week. I don't care how many knives you own ;)

            1. re: RGC1982

              Oww, I am worse than I thought. You have only given me the end result "putting my stones away for three weeks...", you have not given me any solution.

        3. I'll often sharpen (by hand -- three wet stones Japanese-style) a knife that's been used by someone else. Well, I should say "have sharpened." I run a restaurant and there're two guys in our kitchen who can put an awesome edge on a knife -- and quickly, too.

          I also use the steel compulsively. Probably more often than I ought to.

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          1. re: shaogo


            How often are we talking about? I suppose a restaurant will be completely different. I know people sharpen their restaurant knives as often as every day, but I have a real feeling that I am sharpening/touching up my home knives a bit more too often. My knives still cut fine, but I would just touch them up to get them sharper.

          2. Having OCKSD signifies some deeper and more sinister personality problem. Next thing, you'll be sleeping with your knives.

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            1. re: PBSF


              Oh my. I think you are right. What should I do? Please suggest a doctor.

              1. re: PBSF

                ...just don't sleep with someone else's knife! ;-)

              2. This knife is mine. There are many like it but this one is mine.....

                1. You know I don't sharpen mine often. But I don't think it's a bad thing that you do it if you enjoy it - I play video games far more than you sharpen knives, but I wouldn't describe myself as obsessive :)

                  Mind you, my paring knife has some micro chips, so I'll have to do something about it soon.

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                  1. re: Soop


                    Ok, I play video games more than I sharpen my knives too. I spend less than 1 hour per week for knife sharpening, but I spend more than 1 hour per day playing games and I used to play a lot more.

                    Just get a inexpensive waterstone. Start with just a ~1000 grits stone. It will cost you like $20-30 US dollar, so probably close to $15-25 in pounds. Depending on the size of your micro chips, it may take you awhile to gind out them on a 1000 grits stone.



                      1. re: Soop


                        Ok, the UK Amazon has poor selection and horrible prices. I don't know why, but look at these diamond stones:

                        DMT fine, coarse and extra coarse diamond stone for £50.00 each



                        I bought them for $30 each, that is £20.00.



                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          horrible, isn't it?

                          I'm still regretting not picking up the bargain ~£20 chroma whetstones.

                        2. re: Soop


                          Have you bought stuffs from eBay? There are a few reasonably priced stones.

                          This one looks good. A King 1200 grit waterstone for £17.55 (£2.80 shipping). The only problem is that this seller is new, so it can be slightly risky.

                          This follwing guy is more reputable and sold many more products. Here is his list of waterstones and their prices are not too bad given of the free shipping.

                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                            That's a bit better. I'll have a look - next month T___T