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#1 posted 04-28-2012 12:45 PM

Thanks again to all for the advice. I’ve been following a good deal of it, and it’s producing results (not to mention providing some peace of mind).

I now have a follow-up question. I seem to be really good at carving small bits of skin off my fingertips (specifically, the tips of the first two fingers on my right hand, just below the edge of the nail on the side furthest away from my thumb). I guess it’s a measure of sharpening success that I can do this without realizing I’ve done it, until the stone starts to get blood on it (we’re talking about small amounts of blood here, not horror movie blood).

Does anyone else have this problem? I’m probably bearing down too hard on the chisel end with my fingertips, and I’ll try to stop that, but I’ve also been considering the semi-disposable nitrile-coated thin cloth cloves that one can buy by the 10-pack at the borg. Does that sound like a good idea to you? Does anyone else have any good strategies for not shaving your fingertips off? (These cuts are small, but they’re like paper cuts – they hurt all out of proportion to their size!)

Thanks in advance for any thoughts,

- John

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