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May one that is learning Hilchos Shechita sharpen the knife that he uses for shechitah on chol hamoed for the purpose of practicing how to sharpen it and make sure it's kosher for shechitah (and not to use to shecht on chol hamoed)?

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I haven't a source for this, if your asking למעשה consult a real authority - but I would go the same way as writing. Just as writing is permitted on חול המועד for learning Toarh, if the purpose is learning and not fixing the knife - I'd assume it's OK.

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As I recall, the heter for writing Torah is based on Davar Haaveid: lest you forget your chiddush (at least according to some), not because of "leaning purposes". –  Double AA Sep 24 '12 at 21:03
    
@DoubleAA I think you're right. So if he's afraid of forgetting if he doesn't practice - it's the same. –  JNF Sep 27 '12 at 6:19
    
@JNF, he's going to forget how to do it if he doesn't do it for a week? This does not strike me as the same thing as coming up with a unique idea in Torah learning and forgetting it if you don't write it down quickly. –  Seth J Oct 24 '12 at 18:34
    
@SethJ, it might be stretched, but I don't see a real difference. If it's his only opportunity to learn and practice... –  JNF Oct 25 '12 at 9:35
    
@SethJ, one who knows well how to sharpen the knife likely won't forget if he fails to practice for a week, but perhaps the novice would. Alternatively, if he plans to take his shechita bechina soon after yom tov acharon, and so he wants to be sure he is in good form and practice on chol hamoed? (Say there is an expert shochet in town for Sukkos. Isru chag, this student will take the bechina and if he passes, stay in town as the shochet. But the baki is leaving on Isru chag later in the day.) –  Ze'ev Felsen Jul 29 at 18:16

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