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Old 03-11-2019, 12:55 AM   #76
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I've really improved a lot in the last couple weeks, I definitely have RIO to thank for that. I'm really enjoying the learning process, sometimes it blows me away how much I have to learn.

Took my first 1k shots yesterday, pleasantly surprised at what I found but ran quite bad...Could feel the jitters from jumping up so it will be good to work those out and find a winrate there, I am confident in my edge in those games from what I saw.

Everything else good, GL at the tables
Nice results. Which coaches u like the most on rio?
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:10 PM   #77
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Nice results. Which coaches u like the most on rio?
So far, I like:

Sauce
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Teuness
Kopanisky (even tho he plays low he's v knowledgeable about db analysis)
Copani - helping me w/ understanding pio stuff
Slaski
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:41 PM   #78
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3/18/2019

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Not too much to report results-wise, will throw up a graph later but wanted to update the thread at least once a week. I took my first couple shots at 1k, lost KK<AK and my head just wasn't in it, made some marginal plays trying to force it a little and ended up down 2 or 3 buyins overall, then dropped back down went on my biggest swong yet at 500nl. Have since made it all back and am 10 500 bi's away from taking another shot but this time giving myself more of a cushion. The games were just fine and I'll do fine there, regs slightly better but same ****.

I've basically realized that whatever the "current climate" of poker is, I'll always find a way to win.

So, my big news is that I bought PIO today, thanks to none other than the famous Rapidesh. I pm'd him the other day, I've chimed in in his thread here and there, said I could help him out exploiting ppl at his stakes. He's obviously got a good poker mind and today he was giving me a tutorial on pio, and I immediately bought it. It's obviously the nuts, I've been meaning to buy it, but have just been lazy about it. I can't wait to start really learning it. I have given him a fair amount of sh*t in his thread but I'm super thankful to him for taking time out of his day to explain it to me.

A couple things - I'm going to start using some other PGC'ers' idea of doing a "weekly recap" where I have my goals (i.e. x minutes out of x meditation or w/e) because I have a bunch of things in my life I want to start keeping track of.

Poker is going well and I will 100% be making the change to playing fulltime in June, now possibly much sooner. I am giving myself 4 weeks from tomorrow to re-evaluate, and in that time if I make more than my salary yet again, I will make the switch. I'll also be heading to either LA or Vegas for a month before then to go on a "pokercation", play some bigger live games and just focus on poker around the clock. Back in the day, I never made more money then when I just completely immersed myself in it. It's unsustainable but I have always found a month or two of that a year really helps with results.

Err all is good in my life, found out that one of my brother's best friends is good buddies w/ the chef of Saison (one of best restaurants in the country) here in the city, so am looking forward to meeting him, he's opened up a couple restaurants and I want to talk to him about his experience opening restos here and get his feedback about my restaurant concept for when I come back from Europe.

In other news I'm getting pretty jacked, very happy with my workouts and although I always have body dysmorphia, I can see some big progress over the last few months.

I have been struggling with hitting a lull in the middle of my day where I get REALLY tired and need to nap, idk what it's all about but I think it's because of my massive morning caffeine intake. I end up playing like one or 2 tired sessions a day and it's affecting my winrate.

That's it, bit of a ramble, GL at the tables

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Old 03-21-2019, 01:55 AM   #79
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Poker is going well and I will 100% be making the change to playing fulltime in June, now possibly much sooner. I am giving myself 4 weeks from tomorrow to re-evaluate, and in that time if I make more than my salary yet again, I will make the switch.
That is kind of poor statement/mindset. Your results can vary so much in such a short period of time. Can't force the results, but good luck anyway
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Old 03-21-2019, 08:33 AM   #80
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That is kind of poor statement/mindset. Your results can vary so much in such a short period of time. Can't force the results, but good luck anyway
+1

Don't quit your job, it's an excellent one and by having that fixed income you can go nore aggro with brm and it's good to have human contact every day, if you quit the job and hit a downswing it's possible that you will go back to your old habits.
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Old 03-23-2019, 10:17 PM   #81
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3/23/19

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I think I've improved as much in the last month as I ever have in 10 years of playing poker. My ego wants me to go on and on about the hard work I've put into improving but I'll let my results speak for themselves. I will be playing at least 5/10 going forward unless I start to struggle; I've tacked another 8 bi's or so in the last cpl days since uploading hands.

I'm going to start doing my thread in a "weekly recap" format, something I stole from another PGC'er, shout to ScottyCorbett. I have a bunch of stuff I want to hold myself accountable for. My example format (and my target for each) is:

WEEKLY RECAP

March 18th-March 24th

Personal Admin - 120 mins/week

Meditation - 7 days/week
(+2 gratitude lists/week)

AA meetings - 1/week

Stretching - 10 minutes/day

Cleaning - 60 mins/week

Pio/poker study - 120 mins/week

Reading - 140 mins/week


I’ll be updating the thread every Sunday night in this format, along with a poker section talking about my performance during the week.

This Week:

I played good for the most part. What I am getting better at is analyzing myself and knowing when to quit or take a break. I learned a lot from a single pio session with Rapidesh and am already seeing improvements in my game from my initial dive into it.

GL at the tables
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Old 03-23-2019, 10:36 PM   #82
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I think I've improved as much in the last month as I ever have in 10 years of playing poker. My ego wants me to go on and on about the hard work I've put into improving but I'll let my results speak for themselves. I will be playing at least 5/10 going forward unless I start to struggle; I've tacked another 8 bi's or so in the last cpl days since uploading hands.

I'm going to start doing my thread in a "weekly recap" format, something I stole from another PGC'er, shout to ScottyCorbett. I have a bunch of stuff I want to hold myself accountable for. My example format (and my target for each) is:

WEEKLY RECAP

March 18th-March 24th

Personal Admin - 120 mins/week

Meditation - 7 days/week
(+2 gratitude lists/week)

AA meetings - 1/week

Stretching - 10 minutes/day

Cleaning - 60 mins/week

Pio/poker study - 120 mins/week

Reading - 140 mins/week


Iíll be updating the thread every Sunday night in this format, along with a poker section talking about my performance during the week.

This Week:

I played good for the most part. What I am getting better at is analyzing myself and knowing when to quit or take a break. I learned a lot from a single pio session with Rapidesh and am already seeing improvements in my game from my initial dive into it.

GL at the tables
Gd **** man, hope you stick to your lifestyle goals more religiously than me
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Old 03-24-2019, 09:56 AM   #83
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That is kind of poor statement/mindset. Your results can vary so much in such a short period of time. Can't force the results, but good luck anyway
Thanks, I disagree though. I've approaching 150k hands in a sample where my hourly is much higher than that of my job. I'm averaging around 10,000 hands/week and have a high winrate (also would play more/better without a 50hr/week commitment). There won't be as much variance as you think imo
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Old 03-24-2019, 10:38 AM   #84
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In just a few hundred K sample at 200z there is a stretch I was winning at 11evbb for 100k hands and another where I won maybe 3evbb over 100k hands
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Old 03-24-2019, 11:07 AM   #85
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In just a few hundred K sample at 200z there is a stretch I was winning at 11evbb for 100k hands and another where I won maybe 3evbb over 100k hands
Hey BS - I get how much variance there can be in big samples, I broke even for a huge stretch a number of years ago, my point is that even if I win @ 2bb it’s still more than my job. Idk what my true wr is, it might be 10 or it might be 4, but I doubt it’s lower than that.

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Old 03-25-2019, 03:35 AM   #86
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Thanks, I disagree though. I've approaching 150k hands in a sample where my hourly is much higher than that of my job. I'm averaging around 10,000 hands/week and have a high winrate (also would play more/better without a 50hr/week commitment). There won't be as much variance as you think imo
My point was just that I would not make any decisions whether to leave my job or not based on last 4 weeks results. It is rather meaningless hand sample.
If you are lets say 5bb winner, you are winning between -4bb/100 and +14bb/100 after 40000 hands with 95% confidence according to variance calculator.

I have a feeling that you have already decided to leave your job so just go for it if you have decent savings and bankroll. Good luck
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Old 03-25-2019, 11:49 AM   #87
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My point was just that I would not make any decisions whether to leave my job or not based on last 4 weeks results. It is rather meaningless hand sample.

If you are lets say 5bb winner, you are winning between -4bb/100 and +14bb/100 after 40000 hands with 95% confidence according to variance calculator.



I have a feeling that you have already decided to leave your job so just go for it if you have decent savings and bankroll. Good luck


My thoughts exactly, didnít make sense when I read it either. Just put in those 2 weeks at this point!

Unless that extra money from a good month is needed to be financially comfortable with it of course.


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Old 03-31-2019, 08:57 AM   #88
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3/31/19



WEEKLY RECAP (Week’s total in parentheses)

March 24th-30th

Personal Admin - 120 mins/week (120 complete)

Meditation - 7 days/week (3 days)

AA meetings - 1/week (0)

Stretching - 10 minutes/day (20 mins)

Cleaning - 60 mins/week (60)

Pio/poker study - 120 mins/week (30)

Reading - 140 mins/week (20)

POKER

Getting some decent volume in @ 1k, sometimes the games are crap but sometimes good. The regs are much better than 500 but I’ve improved a lot too. There’s still a good amount of less than optimal play here but obv happy with the way I’m running and overall happy with how I’m playing. I have some pretty blatant leaks that I need to keep constantly vigilant of or they start to creep in and when I’m tired they are the first things to show up.

LIFE

We were going to stay in our apartment until LA in May, but we ended up getting someone who wanted to move into our apartment right away so we pulled the trigger. Her mom also needs help with some stuff at her house in the East Bay, so for a month or so we are going to live in the house she grew up in. The last minute move has been in turns exciting and way too much work. At the same time, I have had to be at work at 4:00 am the last 3 days, so I’ve really been burning the candle. All my physical problems seem to be flaring up - I’ve got bad knees (ACL reconstruction on both), plantar fasciitis that will show itself if I spend all day on my feet, and some biceporal tendinitis from lifting heavy stuff all the time. All 3 have been giving me problems this week, but then again I’ve slept between 4-6 hours most nights so it’s to be expected somewhat. Regardless, pretty small stuff to be complaining about.... but I do, for the first time, think I’m feeling my age. I turn 37 this year and have been really active and/or hard on my body my entire life.


I think I’ll work another month or so at my job - I’ve got another 18k to go until I start taking shots at 2k, and I don’t want even a normal downswing to affect my confidence going into it. In May, I will move to an Air B&B in LA to grind full time for a month before heading to Europe, I am REALLY looking forward to it. Will start out with 10/20 at the Commerce and mix that with whatever Ignition I’m firing at that time. I also might add another site for another 2 tables and some rakeback if things continue to go this well.

Workouts have been great but pretty tired from all this moving stuff. I have 3 days off this week, slow week at the hotel, so I am looking forward to that.

GL @ the tables

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Old 03-31-2019, 09:17 AM   #89
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Did you get that tendinitis by lifting too heavy in the gym?

Gl, man! Keep crushing! Vaaaaaamopoo
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Old 03-31-2019, 02:35 PM   #90
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Did you get that tendinitis by lifting too heavy in the gym?

Gl, man! Keep crushing! Vaaaaaamopoo
Ive gotten it on and off over the years, from:

- jiu jitsu
- cooking (chopping, sautťing, carrying)
- lifting heavy weight

or a combo of those things. I also donít think clicking a mouse helps much either, even though I do have a nice ergonomic vertical one

Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:28 AM   #91
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3.31 - 4.7

CUMULATIVE:



WEEK
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POKER

I had the toughest week (results-wise) I’ve had in awhile because of variance, which was unfortunate timing because I took my first 10/20 shot this week. I will for sure be profitable there so I am excited to rebuild and give it another go. I actually feel like I still had a good week bc I made a bunch of ev and felt comfortable in the 2k games. The $ will come.

I do want to tell on myself in here for playing at a coffee shop. I had some some time btwn doctors appointments in the city and brought in my laptop to try to grind since it was Saturday and I didn’t want to miss the games as I’m rarely off on Saturday’s.

I wish I was kidding when I say I am down hundreds of thousands lifetime in coffee shops and airports, and again lost a few buyins at Starbucks. From now on the only public place I will play at will be a public library where I can focus.

LIFE

The move was crazy and actually pretty emotional. It was the first “home” I’ve really felt like I had in adulthood, and even though it was just a year and a half it felt longer because it was my first successful experience with living sober. A lots of ups and very few downs and although I’m no huge fan of San Francisco by any means I’ll always look back on this place fondly.

For now I’m commuting into the city from my girlfriends’ family home until I nut up and give my 2 weeks. This week of variance kind of spooked me so hopefully I can knock out 2 strong weeks and give my notice.

I am buying a ridiculously beautiful Japanese chef’s knife, I’ll post a picture in here if ppl are interested in that sort of thing. I did a bunch of looking around and a lot of knowledgeable ppl say it’s up there with the best in the world at any price, so I’m stoked.


WEEKLY RECAP (Week’s total in parentheses)

March 31- April 8

Personal Admin - 120 mins/week (120 complete)

Meditation - 7 days/week (4 days)

AA meetings - 1/week (1)

Stretching - 10 minutes/day (30 mins)

Cleaning - 60 mins/week (30)

Pio/poker study - 120 mins/week (20)

Reading - 140 mins/week (20)

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Old 04-09-2019, 01:20 PM   #92
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I am buying a ridiculously beautiful Japanese chefís knife, Iíll post a picture in here if ppl are interested in that sort of thing. I did a bunch of looking around and a lot of knowledgeable ppl say itís up there with the best in the world at any price, so Iím stoked.
Please do! Interested to hear your thoughts on the different knife brands.

I purchased some Shun knives, and honestly I'm a bit underwhelmed.
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Old 04-09-2019, 03:07 PM   #93
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Please do! Interested to hear your thoughts on the different knife brands.

I purchased some Shun knives, and honestly I'm a bit underwhelmed.
Yeah, I owned a/some Shun knives and, my favourite, a Satori Knife, I believe... what is the name of the fellow that makes a sword in Kill Bill, Satori, right...? Anyhow, whatever his name was, is the name of the brand of the knife
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Please do! Interested to hear your thoughts on the different knife brands.

I purchased some Shun knives, and honestly I'm a bit underwhelmed.
I’ve used most all of the major knives over the yrs, obv shuns are really popular and I’ve owned a couple but I see them as kind of “beginner Japanese knives”; in the early part of my career in NYC everyone had one and we thought we were so cool. Right now I want just one really nice knife to take to Europe and I’m looking for a few really specific things in my knife. As far as an all purpose knife for regular kitchen work I’ve used a Global for years and probably always would.

Anyways here’s the one I got, a masamoto gyuto ks (270mm). Only diff btwn mine and the pic is that the piece connecting the handle on mine is black



I think it looks perfect. Performs well on all accts too

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So far, I like:

Sauce
Gogol
Teuness
Kopanisky (even tho he plays low he's v knowledgeable about db analysis)
Copani - helping me w/ understanding pio stuff
Slaski
I'm with you on Sauce, Teunuss, Copani, and Slaski (I just haven't watched Kopanisky much), but I can't get through Gogol's Nose vids anymore. He's a really good player but he'll explain the most basic concepts as though he's telling you something really critical/important. He also uses the word "ultimately" like 50 times a video.
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Iíve used most all of the major knives over the yrs, obv shuns are really popular and Iíve owned a couple but I see them as kind of ďbeginner Japanese knivesĒ; in the early part of my career in NYC everyone had one and we thought we were so cool. Right now I want just one really nice knife to take to Europe and Iím looking for a few really specific things in my knife. As far as an all purpose knife for regular kitchen work Iíve used a Global for years and probably always would.

Anyways hereís the one I got, a masamoto gyuto ks (270mm). Only diff btwn mine and the pic is that the piece connecting the handle on mine is black



I think it looks perfect. Performs well on all accts too
Sick knife, man! Thought chefs used more ceramic knives because ceramics have higher hardness than metal. What are the problems of a ceramic knife?

Sick results! Vaaaaamooo
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3.31 - 4.7

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WEEK
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POKER

I had the toughest week (results-wise) Iíve had in awhile because of variance, which was unfortunate timing because I took my first 10/20 shot this week. I will for sure be profitable there so I am excited to rebuild and give it another go. I actually feel like I still had a good week bc I made a bunch of ev and felt comfortable in the 2k games. The $ will come.

I do want to tell on myself in here for playing at a coffee shop. I had some some time btwn doctors appointments in the city and brought in my laptop to try to grind since it was Saturday and I didnít want to miss the games as Iím rarely off on Saturdayís.

I wish I was kidding when I say I am down hundreds of thousands lifetime in coffee shops and airports, and again lost a few buyins at Starbucks. From now on the only public place I will play at will be a public library where I can focus.

LIFE

The move was crazy and actually pretty emotional. It was the first ďhomeĒ Iíve really felt like I had in adulthood, and even though it was just a year and a half it felt longer because it was my first successful experience with living sober. A lots of ups and very few downs and although Iím no huge fan of San Francisco by any means Iíll always look back on this place fondly.

For now Iím commuting into the city from my girlfriendsí family home until I nut up and give my 2 weeks. This week of variance kind of spooked me so hopefully I can knock out 2 strong weeks and give my notice.

I am buying a ridiculously beautiful Japanese chefís knife, Iíll post a picture in here if ppl are interested in that sort of thing. I did a bunch of looking around and a lot of knowledgeable ppl say itís up there with the best in the world at any price, so Iím stoked.


WEEKLY RECAP (Weekís total in parentheses)

March 31- April 8

Personal Admin - 120 mins/week (120 complete)

Meditation - 7 days/week (4 days)

AA meetings - 1/week (1)

Stretching - 10 minutes/day (30 mins)

Cleaning - 60 mins/week (30)

Pio/poker study - 120 mins/week (20)

Reading - 140 mins/week (20)
Wicked results man, keep it up. Do much of your own sharpening of your knives? Worked for my old man for about a year who runs a bladesmith business. Sharpen mostly chef knives and predominately hairdressing equipment. Pretty interesting gig tbh. ggz
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Yeah, would also like to hear your thoughts re: sharpening.

How often, what you use, possibly correct technique if you've got time.

I can get a decent edge using my whetstone, but I always feel like i'm doing it wrong.
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I'm with you on Sauce, Teunuss, Copani, and Slaski (I just haven't watched Kopanisky much), but I can't get through Gogol's Nose vids anymore. He's a really good player but he'll explain the most basic concepts as though he's telling you something really critical/important. He also uses the word "ultimately" like 50 times a video.
I mean I feel like every coach has annoying tendencies ha, but that’s the problem with stuff like this; you run into similar situations all the time so you tend to need to use the same words.

My favorite is how because of Sauce, everyone uses the word reasonable to justify every decision. A few of the coaches just aren’t that great and have to stick reasonable in there because they don’t know the proper justification.

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Sick knife, man! Thought chefs used more ceramic knives because ceramics have higher hardness than metal. What are the problems of a ceramic knife?

Sick results! Vaaaaamooo
Thanks!

Ceramic knives have a couple big leaks and I don’t know any serious chef who uses one; where’d you hear that?

Mainly, they are:

- too brittle and chip/break easily
- they don’t “rock” back and forth on a cutting board; they will stick when you try to slide it on the board
- you need a diamond sharpener to sharpen them
- they’re not as cool

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Wicked results man, keep it up. Do much of your own sharpening of your knives? Worked for my old man for about a year who runs a bladesmith business. Sharpen mostly chef knives and predominately hairdressing equipment. Pretty interesting gig tbh. ggz
Thanks man! Your results aren’t so bad yourself I’m sure we have played each other. Yeah I sharpen my knives with a fine grit whetstone. That’s really cool your old man is a bladesmith. I’ve always wanted to spend a day with one and REALLY learn the ins and outs.

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Yeah, would also like to hear your thoughts re: sharpening.

How often, what you use, possibly correct technique if you've got time.

I can get a decent edge using my whetstone, but I always feel like i'm doing it wrong.
How often: it’s a lot easier to do a little more often than a lot less often and I keep it pretty sharp. I just touch my knives up on each side once a week.

Technique: The process is different depending on your blade (50/50 western knives vs beveled Japanese knives) but I can run through the basics. A couple things you should know:

I’ve seen different people keep their knives really sharp by employing a number of different methods, so don’t pay attention to people who pretend to know it all and think their way is best. At the end, it’s simple science - you are grinding down metal at 2 angles and trying to make the point where those angles meet as narrow as possible.

What I tell people who have 50/50 knives is to buy one of those handheld sharpeners you run your knife through that holds your knife and has a sharpener on each side - it will keep your knife sufficiently sharp, and it eliminates a lot of the possibilities of human error, which are great because it’s very hard to hold your knife at an exact even angle for each side when you are sharpening it on a stone. Purists may scoff but I guarantee this will keep your knives sharper than 100% of people who don’t know what they are doing with stones. Then when that tool dulls just buy a new one.

Japanese edges are more like 70/30 and you’ll ruin your knife if you sharpen it like a western knife. While it won’t be as strong as a 50/50 edge, it gets sharper, which is why sushi chefs prefer it. For mine I just do what I think is a 15ish degree angle on the side with the wider angle and twice that for the edge with the shorter angle. I like long strokes on the stone, too, as it cuts down on my human error as it’s relatively ez to keep the knife at one angle for the length of the stroke. At this point because I’ve been doing it for a long time I can “feel” where the edge is; the sound it makes on the stone is distinct.

This is probably more info than you cared to know lol but there you have it. I’m no expert but I do think it’s more straightforward than ppl think. What I would say is just to not mindlessly do it without knowing what you’re doing, because you’ll just keep it doing. Find someone who knows what they are doing and I think you’ll have it figured in 20 minutes.

Lastly, for most people it’s honestly worth it to just get your knife sharpened by someone who knows what they’re doing. It’s generally very reasonably priced and it’s done right most of the time.

I haven’t looked up any of this stuff in years but I think what I know about sharpening is correct; if someone has better info def feel free to chime in.
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