Knife Sharpening Service

Knife Sharpening
Mobile AL

Knife Sharpening Mobile AL

Knife Sharpening Mobile AL
Cold Steel Gunsite Folding Tactical Knife

Last week I received a Cold Steel Gunsite Folding Tactical Knife from a customer that had received the knife as a gift. A co-worker had passed and his wife gave the knife to my customer saying that her husband had told her to give him the knife. The primary reason the knife was brought to me was that the thumb studs had been lost from the blade and the customer wanted to have them replaced. Sharpening was an afterthought.

This knife has a 5 1/2″ serrated blade with a Tanto Point. The knife is very much a tactical or work knife as fully 1/2 of the blade has an aggressive serration for sawing or rough cutting. The customer and the prior owner work in the oil fields of Texas and having such a knife is common and smart. My own past experiences have confirmed that having a knife on some types of jobsites is almost considered essential. Oilfield work is one of those jobsites.

Cold Steel Gunsite Tactical Knife Finished

Cold Steel Gunsite Tactical Knife Finished
Note addition of thumb studs, enhanced trademark etching and overall polishing of knife.

There’s not much to say about this job. I cleaned and lubricated the knife. I replaced the thumb studs, pollished  scratches out of the blade, enhanced the Gunsite Emblem, buffed the handles and sharpened the knife with a sharp but not too sharp 19 degree cutting edge. I know how this knife is going to be used and 19 degrees is ideal for cutting rope, wire and other rough work. Any sharpen and the blade would dull too quickly.

Gunsite Knife Upon Arrival

Gunsite Knife Upon Arrival

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Published: August 25, 2015

Alabama Bowie Knife Laws

Alabama Bowie Knife Laws

Bowie Knifes are illegal in Alabama and you will be fined between $50 and $500 and/or 6 months of hard labor.

 

Bowie Knives Are Illegal In AlabamaAlabama law case precedence has determined that a Bowie is a fix blade, single edge knife too big to fit in your pocket. Anything that has a front and back blade like a stiletto is legal. Balisongs and any other automatic/gravity knives are legal.

Bowies are only illegal if carried concealed so, if you carry it in the open it is OK. Carrying a Bowie concealed on your property is lawful. Precedence has stated that a 11″ butcher’s knife is classified as a Bowie Knife in Alabama. Under Alabama code, a machete might be called a Bowie Knife and therefore illegal.

Carrying a Bowie or a similar tool in your vehicle counts as carrying it concealed. Do not place a Bowie or similar tool in your trunk.

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Published: July 21, 2015

Alabama Sharpening Service

Alabama Sharpening Service
Sharpening Chicago Cuttlery

Alabama Sharpening Service

Alabama Sharpening Service

Mr. J.V., thank you once again for your business. I was somewhat surprised to find your parents’ knives at my front door when I returned from several days out of town. It was then that it dawned on me that I had failed to post a notice on my site that I would be visiting relatives upstate. I apologize for the delay in sharpening and returning the knives.

Here is the rundown on what I did to the knives:

I found all the knives had a superb bevel. In fact they were perfect. I do not think I have ever seen such a precise bevel on a production knife. I am curious as to whether the bevel was factory applied or if the knives have been in another sharpening shop which applied the bevel. You may send me note on that if you can. With that said – all the knives were very dull. It appears the edge previously applied may have been too acute (too sharp) but the excellent bevel provided a foundation for applying a technique I seldom get to use except on special projects like collector knives. Since there was plenty of room on the bevel I actually created two edges on each knife except for the deboning/filet knife. First, a 19 degree edge was applied which is the ideal angle for heavy knives such as these. Then, a 17 degree edge was applied on top of that edge. The result will be the knives will be very sharp the first couple of months of use, under normal use, and when that edge is gone, the 19 degree edge will take over – not as sharp but still very sharp and much more durable.

The deboning/filet knife was pretty bad. It had many knicks and was quite dull. I see this a lot. Many women use these knives as an all purpose knife because they are smaller, lighter and therefore easier to handle. Since I have found there is little chance of changing long-standing habits I went ahead and applied a 17 degree edge which is the norm for sharpening a deboning knife or filet knife. Pay special attention to caring for this knife. Regular sharpening on a ceramic rod will help keep it up to par.

All the knives were soaked in a untrasonic cleaner containing an anti-bacterial solution. The handles were then buffed out with a water repellant / preservative solution.

I recommend these knives be cleaned after each use with a tablespoon or two of vinegar applied to a damp cloth. The vinegar is somewhat anti-bacterial and it will also help prevent stains on the blades. And, use nothing but a ceramic rod for sharpening all the knives.

I left you voicemail the other day stating that I did not enclose the deboning knife in the original return shipment. It was still in the cleaner and I just overlooked it. That knife will go out today.

Again, thank you for your business. I am very pleased you were satisfied with my previous job enough that you would send your parents’ knives also. If you would, please leave a review at Google+.

 

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Published: July 21, 2015