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 Post subject: help to get a better edge
PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:42 pm 

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I've been learning to sharpen for a while now and can get an edge that cuts newspaper cleanly. However after looking at the edge closely it doesn't seem to be evenly sharpened.

can you guys give some advice on how to correct this? or is it that i simply need to practice more.


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 Post subject: Re: help to get a better edge
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:32 am 

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If you don't like what your seeing then don't keep doing it ;)

Seriously, use it as a guide to correct your mistakes. Check your bevel after just a few strokes to see what your doing right or wrong and make small adjustments until it's perfect. Feel for the bevel to "lock" into the stone and listen for the sounds of the bevel moving along the stone. Focus, attention to detail, and practice, practice, practice, its the only way to improve.


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 Post subject: Re: help to get a better edge
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:39 am 

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Not even as in inconsistent bevel angle along the entire edge? Are you completing the bevel on both sides all along the edge? It might help to give you more pointed advice if you could explain in more detail how you are doing it now, as well as exactly what you are seeing that you feel is lacking. Of course more practice will help you get better. Are you sharpening the edge in sections or doing the whole edge at once with a sweeping motion?
There are some good videos that show both techniques.


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 Post subject: Re: help to get a better edge
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:41 pm 
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I reckon it would be hard to provide us a picture, but if you could it would go a long way.

That said:

Are you getting "facets" like a diamond? If so, are you using a hard stone like Shapton's? If so, you're being sloppy and/or not holding a consistent angle as you move. Hard stone's like the Shapton's are great at showing you this. Not really seen facets show up when using soft stone's.



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 Post subject: Re: help to get a better edge
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:53 pm 

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The sharpie trick really helped me. One of the things that my dad taught me long ago is to use your whole body for long strokes, kinda lock your wrists in place and then just twist to get the full stroke. I dont use the technique to this day, but it helped build the muscle memory to keep from wobbling


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 Post subject: Re: help to get a better edge
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:22 pm 
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Practice, practice, practice, practice, practice.



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