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Tormek T-1 Kitchen Knife Sharpener

Botch
Botch Posts: 15,132
The woodworkers on the forum are already familiar with Tormek; they make high-quality, expensive sharpeners with a large range of accessories to sharpen almost anything.
Well, they've made a kitchen knife-specific sharpener, only $350!  Pretty damn huge, though...
 
https://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/Tormek-T-1-Review-W313C309.aspx?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2022AJAN
 

 

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Since bourbon is 51% corn by law, it counts as a vegetable.  

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  • RRP
    RRP Posts: 25,723
    MACHO! Besides that price to over come I think I'd also have an issue just where to store that beast in my kitchen or pantry! Garage maybe?... :)

    BTW I sent you a PM earlier tonight which you MIGHT want to read!

    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time.
  • Hungry Joe
    Hungry Joe Posts: 1,564
    @Botch
    Did you or anyone else ever buy one of these?
    I'm asking because as usual I did some research and just ordered one.
    This will the third time I ordered my last knife sharpening system. B)
  • Botch
    Botch Posts: 15,132
    I haven't (gone back to waterstones); make sure to let us know how you like it.  
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    Since bourbon is 51% corn by law, it counts as a vegetable.  

  • Hungry Joe
    Hungry Joe Posts: 1,564
    Will do.
    Tormek has a good reputation but I until this unit came out most of their set ups did too much with a high price to match.
    I'm afraid to use stones on my good knives because I know I'll mess them up.

    Maybe having this I'll start toying with stones knowing I have a recovery route.
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,415
    Looking forward to your review.
    “I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.”
    ― George Carlin
  • nolaegghead
    nolaegghead Posts: 42,094
    I ordered one too.  I’ll post my review once I get a chance to use.
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  • lkapigian
    lkapigian Posts: 10,482
    I ordered one from Santa and she forgot 👎. I’ll just order it myself. 
    LoL
    Visalia, Ca @lkapigian
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,415
    This is a terrible, no good, bad place.  I cannot store anymore devices.
    “I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.”
    ― George Carlin
  • YukonRon
    YukonRon Posts: 16,953
    I am curious I am curious as well. I will certainly look forward to the reviews. I have several, and all are past their prime, definitely in the market.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,415
    We are waiting 😀
    “I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.”
    ― George Carlin
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,415
    edited January 8
    @Hungry Joe has decided to leave his career and the forum to perse a new passion.  Sharpening knives at Farmer's Markets.

    We wish you the best!  Please remember where it all started.
    “I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.”
    ― George Carlin
  • Dawgtired
    Dawgtired Posts: 625
    I ordered one myself for Christmas. Directions were not that good and I scratched up a Shaun pretty nicely. After I figured things out it works like a champ. RRP…it’s not that large. 7w 7d 10t maybe

    If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

    Ronald Reagan

  • RLS
    RLS Posts: 40
    I purchased the T-1 last month used it once on all my knives. Hands down the best edges I’ve ever produced. Two other systems I have, thanks to this forum😉, Ken Onion and Wicked Edge. IMO both due ok, KO not as sharp and WE setup time and a learning curve, of which I have not mastered.   I know a few folks talked about the size and storage of the T-1, I would say about the size of a small two slice toaster. With a few more runs I think the edges will be even better from the T-1. 

    Rick
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,415
    We are waiting 😀
    Somehow I got a vision of Ted Knight in Caddy Shack when I saw this.

    Not far off 🤣

    Thank you for the excellent write-up.  I wish it had only been so-so.  Instead I am really trying hard not to buy one.

    Is the speed variable?  I wonder how much heat it puts into an edge.
    “I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.”
    ― George Carlin
  • Hungry Joe
    Hungry Joe Posts: 1,564
    We are waiting 😀
    Somehow I got a vision of Ted Knight in Caddy Shack when I saw this.

    Not far off 🤣

    Thank you for the excellent write-up.  I wish it had only been so-so.  Instead I am really trying hard not to buy one.

    Is the speed variable?  I wonder how much heat it puts into an edge.
    It's one speed, 200 rpm which is slow enough to keep the blade from heating up. I don't think even I can mess up enough to over heat the blade. And believe me, if someone can find a way to make things go wrong it's me. Which is what I like about this thing.

    I just cut up a whole chicken and don't ever remember cutting up a chicken being so easy.

    One thing I don't understand is why I got a small package of four dark blue band-aids. They aren't listed in the contents, and I haven't seen any mention about them in my searches. Tormek must know me.
  • Langner91
    Langner91 Posts: 2,119
    I hate this forum.....  But, I love sharp knives....

    UNSCRIBE!

    Dang!
    Clinton, Iowa
  • Botch
    Botch Posts: 15,132
    @Hungry Joe, did any of the knives you sharpened have a thicker bolster down towards the heel of the blade, as shown below?
     

     
     
    My Henckel's have that, and it goobers up using a motorized sharpening system; I'm assuming your Tormek would do the same, but I can't be sure.
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    Since bourbon is 51% corn by law, it counts as a vegetable.  

  • alaskanassasin
    alaskanassasin Posts: 7,360
    RLS said:
    I purchased the T-1 last month used it once on all my knives. Hands down the best edges I’ve ever produced. Two other systems I have, thanks to this forum😉, Ken Onion and Wicked Edge. IMO both due ok, KO not as sharp and WE setup time and a learning curve, of which I have not mastered.   I know a few folks talked about the size and storage of the T-1, I would say about the size of a small two slice toaster. With a few more runs I think the edges will be even better from the T-1. 

    Rick
    That’s a hell of an endorsement.  I thought the gold standard was wicked edge, with all that is going on with that system, a bench grinder hands down beats it hands down?
    South of Columbus, Ohio.


  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,415
    Botch said:
    @Hungry Joe, did any of the knives you sharpened have a thicker bolster down towards the heel of the blade, as shown below?
     

     
     
    My Henckel's have that, and it goobers up using a motorized sharpening system; I'm assuming your Tormek would do the same, but I can't be sure.
    You can grind down the bolster.  Any sharpening method is handicapped by those bolsters.  My favorite Henckel has it too.
    “I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.”
    ― George Carlin
  • HeavyG
    HeavyG Posts: 10,167
    Botch said:
    @Hungry Joe, did any of the knives you sharpened have a thicker bolster down towards the heel of the blade, as shown below?
     

     
     
    My Henckel's have that, and it goobers up using a motorized sharpening system; I'm assuming your Tormek would do the same, but I can't be sure.
    You can grind down the bolster.  Any sharpening method is handicapped by those bolsters.  My favorite Henckel has it too.

    Systems like my Apex Pro or the Wicked Edge would deal with those type of bolsters without any real problems.
    “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” ― Philip K. Diçk

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  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,415
    HeavyG said:
    Botch said:
    @Hungry Joe, did any of the knives you sharpened have a thicker bolster down towards the heel of the blade, as shown below?
     

     
     
    My Henckel's have that, and it goobers up using a motorized sharpening system; I'm assuming your Tormek would do the same, but I can't be sure.
    You can grind down the bolster.  Any sharpening method is handicapped by those bolsters.  My favorite Henckel has it too.

    Systems like my Apex Pro or the Wicked Edge would deal with those type of bolsters without any real problems.
    Didn't realize you could get right up and sharpened all the way to the bolster.  That is pretty cool.  I usually wind up with slight scratches.
    “I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.”
    ― George Carlin
  • RLS
    RLS Posts: 40
    RLS said:
    I purchased the T-1 last month used it once on all my knives. Hands down the best edges I’ve ever produced. Two other systems I have, thanks to this forum😉, Ken Onion and Wicked Edge. IMO both due ok, KO not as sharp and WE setup time and a learning curve, of which I have not mastered.   I know a few folks talked about the size and storage of the T-1, I would say about the size of a small two slice toaster. With a few more runs I think the edges will be even better from the T-1. 

    Rick
    That’s a hell of an endorsement.  I thought the gold standard was wicked edge, with all that is going on with that system, a bench grinder hands down beats it hands down?
    Trust me I’m not a pro at knife sharpening at any level, I found this one to be user friendly and somewhat mid level skills needed. I never been able to get the WIcked Edge dialed in. Not their fault, it’s mine for lack of patience and focus. 

    Rick
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,415
    Here are the bolsters on my favorite knife.  They are pretty scratched up from sharpening.


    “I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.”
    ― George Carlin
  • Botch
    Botch Posts: 15,132
    Here are the bolsters on my favorite knife.  They are pretty scratched up from sharpening.


    Okay, we're getting somewhere now.
    The bolsters on my knives wouldn't even fit into the grinder I bought (Trizor-something-something), so the grinding stopped about 2, 3" further up the blade.  
    I got the Trizor (based on som mag's high recommendation, can't remember who) to grind my already-old Henckel's german knives to a narrower Japanese angle, which I did to all my knives save my heavier chef's knife (which I only use for squash/hacking cheekun bones).  Worked pretty much okay except for my main chef's knife, there was a divot that tore my sl
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    Since bourbon is 51% corn by law, it counts as a vegetable.  

  • caliking
    caliking Posts: 18,502
    We are waiting 😀
    Somehow I got a vision of Ted Knight in Caddy Shack when I saw this.

    Not far off 🤣

    Thank you for the excellent write-up.  I wish it had only been so-so.  Instead I am really trying hard not to buy one.

    Is the speed variable?  I wonder how much heat it puts into an edge.
    It's one speed, 200 rpm which is slow enough to keep the blade from heating up. I don't think even I can mess up enough to over heat the blade. And believe me, if someone can find a way to make things go wrong it's me. Which is what I like about this thing.

    I just cut up a whole chicken and don't ever remember cutting up a chicken being so easy.

    One thing I don't understand is why I got a small package of four dark blue band-aids. They aren't listed in the contents, and I haven't seen any mention about them in my searches. Tormek must know me.
    Not knife related... A few years ago, I bought a pool part (Pentair multiport valve) made in Canada. There's a big circular sticker for the valve settings. There were 2 stickers in the box, and I said something along the lines of "Stoopid Canuckians. Why would anyone need a second sticker?" 

    Ten seconds later, I realized I had placed the sticker incorrectly, and gazed sheepishly at the second sticker as it lay there mocking me. 

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