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12-28-2008, 09:29 PM
Hey RJ hope all is copacetic
I did a search but couldn't find anything on the Striations.
When I looked at the variable you offer them with or without striations.
What are the pros and cons regarding such a thing. Do the striations make it tougher in the long run to sharpen the knife by yourself.
thanks and take care eh
12-29-2008, 08:56 AM
Hi AJ: Let me back up and clarify a few things before I answer your question. Striations are different than serrations. Serrations are applied to the blade's edge, so they are a type of edge. Serrations have a big effect on sharpening, as your sharpening device must be able to stay on the edge as it travels along the serrations. If you sharpen a serrated edge with a stone or other flat sharpener, eventually you will sharpen away the serrations and you will end up with a plain edge.
Striations are a type of blade finish. They have no effect on the edge itself. All my striated knives have had a "Plain edge", which means that you can sharpen them with any type of sharpener.
I striate my blades in two ways. The VARIABLE has striations that follow the edge. They are very fine (.025" wide), and the peaks are only 0.0006" high.
So, they produce a visual effect but have almost no effect on the blade's finish.
The striated DEVASTATOR has striations that run perpendicular to the edge, and are wider (0.08") to produce more of a visual effect. The peaks of these striations are 0.006" high-About 1 1/2 times as thick as a piece of copier paper. On the ZING, they are closer together, about 0.040" apart, and the peaks are about 0.003" high.
These striations also have no effect on the edge. You can sharpen a striated blade until there is nothing left of it, and the edge will always remain a "Plain edge"
12-30-2008, 09:52 PM
thanks Rj for explaining in detail eh
I was always confused regarding the striations, but I'm much clearer on the subject as of now.
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