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by Berkana
January 20th, 2017, 10:07 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Chef's knife
Replies: 65
Views: 36874

Single-bevel wedge cross-section

Last entry on bevels / facets / wedges and tapers (at least until you respond), I promise. I took the drafted picture of your knife's handle, and drew in a couple of blade geometries to illustrate what it is that I'm suggesting. I'm suggesting that you use a single-beveled wedge shape for your blade...
by Berkana
January 20th, 2017, 9:40 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Chef's knife
Replies: 65
Views: 36874

More on bevels and sharpening

See this page for a more thorough discussion on facets/bevels: https://chefschoice.com/understanding-euroamerican-and-asian-style-knives/ Have you seen these sharpeners before? https://chefschoice.com/wp-content/uploads/15XVbm1.jpg These sharpeners have multiple slots because each one grinds at a sl...
by Berkana
January 20th, 2017, 9:13 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Chef's knife
Replies: 65
Views: 36874

You mis-understood what 'bevel' designates.

These are the type of knives the brand I'm collaborating with makes. They don't have bevels. I think you may be mis-understanding some knife terms. Your knife absolutely does have bevels if it is sharpened. In knife terminology, "bevel" doesn't indicate the large visible slope that one might call a...
by Berkana
January 5th, 2017, 9:26 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Chef's knife
Replies: 65
Views: 36874

Several suggestions.

None of your sketches show any narrowing of the handle or the blade where it transitions to the handle. This "neck" area needs to narrow for an ergonomic grip. See how the Global knives narrow in the transition. This sort of shape lets the user pinch the blade with the thumb and forefinger and wrap ...
by Berkana
January 25th, 2007, 8:23 pm
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: Design *isms
Replies: 77
Views: 32536

cant believe i forgot this great one- " the consumer doesnt know what they want, but wants what they know " R Henry Ford was once asked about innovation, his risky venture, and the cars he made, and he said this: "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said, 'a faster horse'". In o...
by Berkana
January 25th, 2007, 8:19 pm
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: Design *isms
Replies: 77
Views: 32536

"Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder"

cg wrote:"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
...A lie, but frequently heard.
I've also heard it put as "Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder."
by Berkana
January 25th, 2007, 8:14 pm
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: Design *isms
Replies: 77
Views: 32536

"Designism" about cross-polinated designs

Here's a favorite "designism" of mine, a response to seeing a product whose concept is a cross-pollination of two other ideas: "It looks like an A got into the B cage and spawned a brood of bastard offspring." Example: A hunter's reaction to seeing a compound cross-bow "It looks like a bow got into ...
by Berkana
January 18th, 2007, 7:04 pm
Forum: transportation
Topic: Toyota out-GMs GM again
Replies: 7
Views: 3157

Let me get this right, you think the Prius is good looking? Sorry, cute? Yeah, the Prius has that cute hatchback critter-of-a-different-breed look. I don't quite know how to describe it, but I know it when I see it. The Prius outsold the Honda Civic hybrid in large part due to the look-at-me factor...
by Berkana
January 18th, 2007, 3:42 am
Forum: transportation
Topic: Toyota out-GMs GM again
Replies: 7
Views: 3157

Re: Toyota out-GMs GM again

Wow, that's very Buick of them. But I must say, that's a rather handsome car anyhow. There's nothing wrong with emulating GM's form language when they're doing it well. Then again, one could say that Buick's Lucerne ( http://www.buick.com/lucerne/index.jsp ) emulates the form language of Japanese ve...
by Berkana
December 26th, 2006, 5:31 am
Forum: designer's accord and green design
Topic: Sugar as a fuel source
Replies: 15
Views: 33626

Re: Sugar as a fuel source

I was watching a show on the History channel last night about Sugar. In Brazil they refine sugar into ethanol, which they supply at "every" major gas station. The price difference between petrol ($2.30) and the ethanol ($1.00) is amazing per volume unit. They then went on to say most of the cars do...
by Berkana
December 26th, 2006, 1:34 am
Forum: designer's accord and green design
Topic: Looking Eco Angel Investors
Replies: 0
Views: 2349

Looking Eco Angel Investors

I'm looking for an ecologically minded angel investor to help me in my business venture. I invented a remarkable (and reversible) engine that should have much higher efficiency than anything we use conventionally, but I need capital to build a working prototype. (By reversible, I mean that if you ro...
by Berkana
December 26th, 2006, 1:25 am
Forum: designer's accord and green design
Topic: fuelcell vs. battery for cars
Replies: 12
Views: 8581

Re: fuelcell vs. battery for cars

I posted this over on the auto board as well - http://boards.core77.com/viewtopic.php?t=1495 Fuelcell vehicles get all the press nowadays - see stucon's clogger entry on the new Honda - http://world.honda.com/news/2004/2040824_03.html - but get regularly dissed by Electric Vehicle fiends. Is it jus...
by Berkana
December 26th, 2006, 1:11 am
Forum: designer's accord and green design
Topic: fuelcell vs. battery for cars
Replies: 12
Views: 8581

From what I've read: 1) there are a lot of different ways to produce hydrogen, each region can produce the method that is best for it (it can be extracted out of methanol [made from corn] through a chemical reformer [little electricity needed] [this option would be great for US], it can be extracte...
by Berkana
December 24th, 2006, 1:05 am
Forum: designer's accord and green design
Topic: solar energy info
Replies: 6
Views: 5018

He calculated that we could harness 50% of our daily total energy requirements from solar. The rest of our energy needs would need to come from other sources. Who has the right number on this? Maybe I should not worry. We can agree oil will run out. Any way the numbers are cut up, we need to do som...
by Berkana
December 24th, 2006, 12:49 am
Forum: designer's accord and green design
Topic: solar energy info
Replies: 6
Views: 5018

Biofuel still seems like two steps backwards when compared to solar. If you think about it, biofuel IS solar; it's just solar power stored in chemical form by plants. And of course, every step removed incurs losses; plants aren't 100% efficient, harvesting them and processing them and distributing ...