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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

      RGC,

      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

          RGC,

          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

            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

              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

                    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.

                    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listin...

                    http://www.amazon.com/250-1000-Combin...

                      1. re: Soop

                        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
                        http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dmt-Whetstone...

                        http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dmt-Whetstone...

                        http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dmt-Whetstone...

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

                        http://www.amazon.com/DMT-W6FP-Diamon...

                        http://www.amazon.com/DMT-W6XP-Diamon...

                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          horrible, isn't it?

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

                        2. re: Soop

                          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.
                          http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Ice-Bear-King-j...

                          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.
                          http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/World-O...

                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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