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Old 10-05-2012, 07:28   #1
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Is this knife ruined?

A guy at my work brought some knifes in to be sharpened. Two of them are straight blades, and came back like they were sharpened with a bench grinder out of a welding shop. The 3rd is a fairly expensive ($300) serrated blade. Looks like they did the same thing sharpening as they did the straight blades. He's pretty P.O.'d about it, and is wondering if the blade is shot, or if it can be salvaged.

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Old 10-05-2012, 09:29   #2
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I'd try to get the clown that sharpened them to pay for them. Someone can definitely fix it. Just depends on how much he wants to pay.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:06   #3
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Old 10-05-2012, 13:16   #4
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Holy crap.

The person that did that should be flogged.

There is no excuse for that. If this was a company they should replace these knives outright.


There are several folks that will giggle while re-profiling that pile of ass. Krein comes to mind.
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Old 10-07-2012, 18:30   #6
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He brought the knife back to the place that it was "sharpened". He got $3.00 back for the sharpening, and was told they had never had a complaint before. He asked the guy how he would sharpen his own serrated knife and was told that he would have sent it in to the factory. (In this case, Cutco). When asked why they ground his knife down, he was told because he requested that they sharpen it.

I've encouraged him to go to small claims court.
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Old 10-07-2012, 18:34   #7
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I sharpen knives for the guys at my work who hunt. I always tell them I donít sharpen the serrated part of the blade. They can get messed up real fast if you donít know how to do it right. I canít sharpen that serration part worth a darn.

I would have handed this knife back to him and d said youíre on your own.
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Old 10-07-2012, 18:37   #8
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He brought the knife back to the place that it was "sharpened". He got $3.00 back for the sharpening, and was told they had never had a complaint before. He asked the guy how he would sharpen his own serrated knife and was told that he would have sent it in to the factory. (In this case, Cutco). When asked why they ground his knife down, he was told because he requested that they sharpen it.

I've encouraged him to go to small claims court.
I think it could be fixed. It would just take some time.
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He brought the knife back to the place that it was "sharpened". He got $3.00 back for the sharpening, and was told they had never had a complaint before. He asked the guy how he would sharpen his own serrated knife and was told that he would have sent it in to the factory. (In this case, Cutco). When asked why they ground his knife down, he was told because he requested that they sharpen it.

I've encouraged him to go to small claims court.

Agreed.
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I think it could be fixed. It would just take some time.
It can be fixed but the edge geometry will never be the same as the maker intended and there will significantly less metal when it's done.

The knife is effectively ruined.
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Old 10-07-2012, 19:08   #11
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Wow!

People bring me that kind stuff about once a month.

Ruined, not completely. Hurt pretty bad, yes it is but it can be recovered. However it will cost a bit to get it back to fighting form. That will need a little belt time to get the primary back (reprofiled). I cringe at belt use on a good knife ... GOD made stones for good knives.

I try my best to wave people off of serrations because they are such a pain to do correctly (and most do not want to pay to have the time put in).

If you must have serrations, consider two knives one to throw away when dull (serrated) and one to have for the rest of your life (plain edge) with maintenance.

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Old 10-07-2012, 20:10   #12
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I would say the knife is probably ruined. Whoever did it has no idea how to properly sharpen serrations on a knife.

You could still salvage the knife by having someone oil grind it and get rid of the serrations.
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Old 10-07-2012, 20:45   #13
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2010 hit it on the head...and one reason I stay away from serrated knives as well. I do have one combination edge, and it's okay.
They have their place I guess...but sharpening them is a royal PITA. What a shame...looked like a nice knife.
I would certainly take it up with whomever did that...or start climbing the food chain from there. I thought Cutco had lifetime sharpening service/warranty on their knives? May be wrong on that but it might be worth asking them about it...who knows...they may go out of their way and "give" you another knife or discount the model that was damaged.
Worst they could say is no.
Cutco could certainly use that one for a display of what not to do with one of their knives (not intended to be a smart remark).
Regardless, I hope you get a decent resolution to the problem at hand...doesn't even look like he tried to sharpen the factory serrations...just made some new ones in the process...crazy.
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Old 10-07-2012, 21:15   #14
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If there is anybody out there who could help that knife it would be Tom Krein for one of his famous regrinds.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:25   #15
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Got the three dollars back! Reminds me of the Abbott and Costello routine where Costello was a barber and gave ten cents for every mistaken cut when he was shaving.

Yes, serrated blades are a pain - I do my own sharpening.

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Old 10-08-2012, 17:44   #16
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I would have them go over it a couple more times to completely eliminate the serrations. What knife costs $300 and comes completely serrated?
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If you must have serrations, consider two knives one to throw away when dull (serrated) and one to have for the rest of your life (plain edge) with maintenance.
I wish I had gotten that advice before I got my last benchmade. I bought a Mini Rukus Auto with the half serrated blade. I could keep the plain edge razor sharp, but i just couldnt sharpen the serrated part worth a damn. I ended up sending the knife back to benchmade last week, gonna have them put a plain edge blade on it.
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Old 10-29-2012, 20:21   #18
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Holy schnitt!

Why would take an expensive knife to someone you don't know for sharpening?
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I wish I had gotten that advice before I got my last benchmade. I bought a Mini Rukus Auto with the half serrated blade. I could keep the plain edge razor sharp, but i just couldnt sharpen the serrated part worth a damn. I ended up sending the knife back to benchmade last week, gonna have them put a plain edge blade on it.
you serious? you are gonna lose some blade material..

i have all partial serrations on my Benchmades..i keep them scary sharp with a Spyderco Sharpmaker..granted, i am only probably realigning the edge, and not actually honing it.

i did send one blade back for work and it came back sharper than it ever was..even new. the spyderco tool works..i just dont bear down very hard in the serrated portion.
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i thought cutco never needed sharpening?
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