Episode-1735- Expert Council Q&A for 2-19-16 — 14 Comments

  1. Great Show, I have picked up several high dollar knives at the Goodwill or thrift shops and then took them home and sharpened them up. You don’t need to spend a ton of money, especially if you can sharpen them yourself. Also Jack my DVD is now on Amazon Prime and I would suggest if people want to get it they go through there instead of my site since it is the same price and they will get faster service.

  2. The worst case of gout I have had was triggered when I took 3 vitamin C tablets in one day. Never again!
    There is a natural anti-inflammitory that I take when my arthritis gets bad turmeric helps greatly.
    I am 61 5’9 160 lbs. My gout has been far less frequent since losing 60 lbs.

  3. I bought an expensive knife a couple of years ago and have never regretted the purchase. It was a Japanese knife made by a Samuri sword manufacturer – turned knife maker. 17 layers of stainless steel… Pretty cool, very sharp, with little scallops in the blade to reduce suction and release veggies easier.

    Japanese knives are sharpened at a more acute angle than traditional European knives and therefore cut easier, and get dull faster.

    What really impressed me about this knife was the asymmetric handle design, built for right hand use. When the salesperson told me about this, I thought ‘yeah-right’ and kind of dismissed the comment. But getting home and using it for a couple years now, I can tell you this feature makes a huge difference. The handle fits into the contours of your hand so well you hardly have to hold onto it. I switch back to my old knives occasionally and immediately notice the extra effort just to hold the knife, let alone get it to cut thru stuff.

    I now think the handle alone justifies the price, let alone the cool stainless steel laminates. Good tools are always a prudent investment.

    • Trent,

      I haven’t actually used it however, I have repaired a blade from someone who had (it wasn’t completely ruined but it had some good gouges in the edge I would guess from not using the machine properly) 😀 a mechanical sharpener is only as good as the person using it. If you know how to sharpen by hand it will help you when sharpening using a machine. Machines have their limitations. I would guess that it would work fine if operated properly. Another disadvantage to a machine is you will always remove more steel than is needed because of how fast material is being removed. So while this may not matter on throw away knives it does matter on knives that you care about. For that price you could purchase a set of stones and my dvd and learn a skill and save money. Or you could even get the DVD and skip the stones just use sandpaper and save $100!

      I believe you will get better results sharpening by hand than a machine, I do recommend a machine or professional sharpening for knives that have major damage from not being sharpened for a really long time. Feel free to email me if you like.

      Not having used this machine personally, I can’t say if it is bad or good. I believe it is a pretty decent machine when used properly. It has almost 900 reviews on Amazon and a 4.5 star rating. I would feel pretty safe purchasing something with that good of a rating. You will have added expense purchasing their belts for the machine and the possibility of them discontinuing them in the future. So I would keep in mind 2 is 1 and 1 is none! I hope that helps


  4. I found a whole set of cutco knives at the thrift store. Sent them back to cutco and they sharpened and polished most of the knives. A couple of the knives, they sent me brand new replacements at no cost. I’ve since purchased new knives from them because I was so happy with my experience. Very cool.

  5. Jack,
    How do you juxtapose your perennial fruit/nut based food forest vs your paleo/primal diet?

    After listening to Gary Colins’ segment on the last Expert Council, I was reminded that the paleo/primal diet models, which you prefer, generally call for limited fruit and nut intake. On the other hand, a very significant percentage of your plant based food production is dedicated to just that: fruit and nut trees.

    I recognize that permaculture is very fond of perennial food systems, but most of those crops are not “on your diet.”

    What are your thoughts?

    • First Gary and I agree on a lot, neither of us are clones though.

      My view fruit seasonally is as paleo as it gets. Done the end, period. Eating factory fruit all year that would not normally be available is different.

      Eating fruit in the mid day with meat centric on morning (if you eat breakfast) and evening, separates fats/proteins from carbs. It also emulates hunting, eat left overs, forage while hunting and eat what you kill for dinner.

      We grow fruit to eat, to ferment into meads and wines and to feed the animals. Much of our fruit is turned into meat and eggs. I would not call our diets in anyway fruit centric.

      Nuts are different, my rule for paleo is if you can eat it without screwing around with it, raw, not cooking, no messing around like grinding wheat, etc. it is paleo. It is human food. Seed and nuts that you can eat raw I eat as much as I feel like. They are generally self limiting if not roasted in sugars and bathed in salts.

      Apples and pears are not evil, LOL. Living on them will blow your sugar numbers though the roof but eating them seasonally and most frequently alone won’t harm anything. I eat almost no fruits in winter time, I eat mostly berries in spring, some in summer and a lot going into fall. Just like any hunter gatherer in a temperate climate would.

      To me it is about following nature. The average person eating an apple has zero calories into its production and harvest. Think about it that way.

    • This is the system I recommend, a person could make their money back in a weekend or two at a gun show once they was proficient at using the system.

      I use to think that it was simple to use but it does require a little training and practice like any system. But for most people I would recommend simply getting my DVD or searching youtube for hours and learning how to sharpen by hand. Using sandpaper you can learn to sharpen for less than $5. Here are a couple links on how to sharpen. You can also read my comments on the Work Sharp knife sharpener up above in the other comments. It may be something you would like.

      ITS Tactical Sharpening article

      Sharpening 101

  6. – Home knife sharpening vs profesional knife sharpening?

    I got the impression from your followup to Chef Keith Snow last week that you prefer to send your knives of for professional sharpening, as opposed to sharpening them on your own. A few months back I saw a video that WranglerStar did on the line of sharpeners that I thought seemed legit (I don’t know the square root of F-All about sharpening knives) and was wonder what your thoughts on personal knife sharpeners?

    • Truthfully Patrick is down here a few times a year so I let him do it. He talked me into some belt sharperner to try it out, he didn’t like it! He uses one he does like, he can tell you what it is.

      I can sharpen a knife but it isn’t something I really enjoy doing. Give me a dull knife and a coffee cup and 15 minutes and it won’t be Patrick sharp but it will shave hairs.

      It all comes down to time. But this is reality, if you take care of a quality kitchen knife and if you use a steel properly and not let it get dull you almost never need to sharpen a knife but the first time. Unless Drunk Neil Franklin tries to show you how to use a steel on your expensive Chef’s knife.

      You can ask Patrick about that too, he fixed that knife for me.

  7. While I don’t really disagree with John and Jack, I would like to offer a different point of view with respect to investing. Become an investor now! The time to learn how to invest is before you have money rather than after. Learning how to invest after you have money is synonymous with losing money. We don’t think we can remove our backyard grass and take an ammo can of seed and produce a bumper crop of organic vegetables with no experience in gardening! The same principal applies to investing! The broker I use is TOS. They will let you open an account for $2,500. This real account also has a pretend account they call “Paper Money”. Within the safety of this “fake” account you can practice investing. Wall Street money managers are paid a lot of money. Do you really think if it were easy and anyone could be successful at money management, it would come with high pay? From my personal experience, I can tell you that thinking of money, earned by sweat, is just a tool like a rake or hoe, is a very difficult transition.
    Friends; just like the gardening illustration above , investing takes effort, education, observation, learning from others, time, and practice. The time to get started is ASAP. This is like the tree planting “thing”, trees take time.
    PS: Options, properly used, can lower your risk and increase your income potential! You must learn when and how to use these vehicles. It takes time; it takes experience to do these things.