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Edge Direction

Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:53 am

When you are sharpening on a stone do generally have the edge pointing away from you or facing you during your edge leading strokes? Does it matter either way?

Re: Edge Direction

Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:24 am

The way i learned from watching japanese sharpeners, was with the edge facing you, putting pressure only on the stroke going away from you.

Alot of guys i see tend to sharpen the other way around, edge facing away.

Re: Edge Direction

Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:09 am

I think it is a matter of personal preference. Just be consistent in your technique either way.

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Ken

Re: Edge Direction

Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:18 pm

I learned with the edge facing me, so that feels more natural. I have found, though, that it's easier for me to deal with the tip with the edge facing away from me because rotating the blade (as Ken discusses in his video on maintaining angle through the tip) is less awkward. So maybe I'll take the time to learn a new technique.

Re: Edge Direction

Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:07 pm

If I'm understanding the question correctly, both.

I use the right hand to hold the knife for both sides of the blade, so the edge faces me for the right side and faces away from me for the left side.

Re: Edge Direction

Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:04 pm

<Adam> You understood correctly. Basically I'm finding that everyone has a technique that works best for them and edge direction doesn't mean much. I forget that edge direction can change if you change hands when you flip the blade.

As Ken said, "I think it is a matter of personal preference. Just be consistent in your technique either way."

I'm still trying to perfect a technique. I seem to do it a little different each time I sharpen.

Thanks everyone.
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