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Grinding tip into stone

Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:54 pm

I recently have been having a problem of grinding my tip into my Bester 1000 grit stone when sharpening the tip. Is it just the stone or am I doing something wrong. I have to flatten the stone after each use because of this. It is minor, but a pain in the butt when I have to flatten everytime. Am I being too rough when grinding? Any suggestions on tip sharpening with a Bester 1000 grit. I don't have the problem on the Shapton 5000 grit or the 400 Latte...

Jason

Re: Grinding tip into stone

Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:16 pm

I'm assuming we're talking about gouging the stone....digging the edge into the stone. If not, please disregard the following. :)

Assumptions:

1. The stone is flat

If assumption is correct:

You're doing something wrong.

You should be flattening after each use anyway....regardless of gouging the stone. It's a good practice.

You are grinding the tip at too steep of an angle. It's the only way you can be gouging the stone.

It's a common mistake....having to move one's hand/wrist to account for the curve of the tip is one of the most difficult things to learn.

Use the Permanent Marker trick to see if I'm correct or not. Mark the edge and sharpen like normal. If the marker is only removed at the very edge, I'm likely correct.

Re: Grinding tip into stone

Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:51 am

Exactly what Adam said.

This video will help you keep a consistent angle all the way to the tip. The same principles apply whether it is oon a belt grinder or a stone:



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Ken

Re: Grinding tip into stone

Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:57 pm

I'd sure like to see Ken demonstrate that method with an edge pro.

Re: Grinding tip into stone

Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:42 pm

It makes me curious if I could buy a very small bubble level, and just set my stone holder with a few coins. I know I don't hit my tip as well as I should based on the sharpie idea. If I could use a bubble to keep the blade level, then set the stone before hand, it would be almost too easy, no?

Re: Grinding tip into stone

Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:28 pm

It works BUT you have to move very slowly or else the bubble jumps around. An angle cube works better but it still moves. Good for training your muscle memory though and a recommended technique to train.

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Ken
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