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Sorry to hear of your troubles...people are at their worst now. It's like I tell my wife, I need to invest in the house, security, and nourishment...your purses and jewelry and perfumes are irrelevant in bad times. Much of the population do not sincerely understand preparation for survival...
Sure, didn't mean to sound secretive. While I've never used a cast iron, there are plenty of informative websites and videos on it. I've used a few machine, currently a few Behmor, and love beans from Sweet Marias. Homeroasters is another good site.
I would imagine using a wood spoon and to...
If you steel and strop, you do more to retain an edge then 95%+ people. It's what Japanese do too. See, you are much closer than you think.
Also, most of the best sharpeners are online, check Dave Martell for Japanese knife sharpening. Machine or hand.