indaswamp - Ive been looking for etching tool, can you tell me the one you use and what its like please?Yup...
I used an etching tool and marked each knife with the corresponding plate size; 3mm, 4.5, 6, etc....I can always match them, even when using multiple grind sizes when grinding a batch of sausage.
Not really sure of the brand. I borrowed it from my Dad. It is a hand held unit, has a small dia. rod with a point that sticks out of the bottom. When you turn it on. it vibrates and makes small dots on the metal. You write with it to mark on metal. Think he got it at Harbor freight, sportsman's guide, northern tool...one of those type places.
Thanks everyone for sharing your knowledge. You guys are the greatest!You can hone plates easy peasy on a flat surface(cast iron table saw, piece of granite) with some good wet dry silicone carbide paper. Works for knives also. Flat is flat. I guess it would be good to have matched knives and plates, but a bit spendy. If you hone before you grind, it should always be a clean cut. I can tell you this. A good cemented carbide blade will last a long long time if honed. Most problems are with the plates. Buy good carbon steel plates or a quality stainless. I made two plates out of sps (annealed 4140 material) and they have been the best plates I have as far as maintenance is concerned. That is because I knew exactly what I had as far as material is concerned. That said, even a lesser material will give a good grind if they are honed before using. it's only a few minutes more work, and this hobby is a lot of work so it is time well spent.
Good catch, RobertYou can hone plates easy peasy on a flat surface(cast iron table saw, piece of granite) with some good wet dry silicone carbide paper. Works for knives also. Flat is flat.
Yeah, I bought this a couple of years ago because, being only an occasional sausagemaker, I realized I had never sharpened my plates and knife in the 10 years or so I owned the grinder. It works, I guess. I wish I had found this forum before then, though. If sandpaper and a flat surface works perfectly, I feel a little cheated.Has anyone used the Sausage Makers grinder plate and knife sharpening system ? Thoughts ?
Thank you for taking the time to make these videos. Tried it, worked for me too.WyFly
Here is what I learned, and works for me. CrankyBuzzard's three videos
I made this video a while back and thought about it today when I sharpened my blade and refaced the plate. Thought it might be helpful to some others here. There are 3 videos total that take you through the whole process. Mods, feel free to remove if I'm breaking any rules...www.smokingmeatforums.com
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