Are hand cranked grinders the toy that we all want to work?
Now honestly, I’ve never had any success with them.
I can’t make much sense of them as a sharpening tool at all, so perhaps I’ve never given them a fair trial.
I avoid grinders altogether until it comes to that horrible A2 stuff. And at that point I need a grinder with pin point accuracy, no vibration and a true and sturdy support. Along with being able to shift a tonne of material quickly.
Anything other, and I’m wasting my life as well as steel.
But these hand cranked things seem really popular.
I could understand as a rough repair tool in an otherwise grinderless and ‘A2 free’ environment. But how do you find them for an actual sharpening routine?
I’m keen to know, because I’ve always wanted to make one.
I like the idea.
But I’m not thinking small bench top grinder. I’ve always wanted to make myself a big water wheel.
One of those huge sod off ones, the type you’d sharpen a sword on.
Probably just a thought, I have no swords (well I do, I have one).
But how have you gone about creating or buying a cost effective, human powered grinder?
Perhaps foot power would be a good solution?
Maybe something on the end of a foot powered lathe?