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Magnifying Loupe

Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:29 am

Is a magnifying loupe important for a newbe when sharpening?
I there a "best" magnification if so?

Re: Magnifying Loupe

Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:43 am

Thats one of those things I've wondered about. About 20X would be pretty good for my old eyes. At least in something I could put in my pocket.

Re: Magnifying Loupe

Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:20 am

I have the one in Marks 5 piece kit, can't remember the magnification off the top of my head. It is very helpful to make sure you are actually forming and removing a burr. I had a knife that wasn't getting as sharp as it should. I got the magnifier out and saw that when the wire edge had broken off, it had left the edge flat and when I went up in grits, the bevel was polished, but never quite made it down to form an actual edge. Once I saw that, it was easy to see what I needed to go back and do. If I didn't have the loupe, it would have been much harder to realize what was going on.

Re: Magnifying Loupe

Sat Dec 08, 2012 1:02 pm

TIM <> Its the 20x.

Re: Magnifying Loupe

Sat Dec 08, 2012 1:16 pm

Thanks! I was at work, so I couldn't check it :)

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Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:15 pm

TIM <> Image

Re: Magnifying Loupe

Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:27 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys.

Re: Magnifying Loupe

Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:24 pm

No problem! I was thinking the same thing and was very glad I got it. It's kinda cool to be able to see the edge that closely and see exactly what it is doing.

Re: Magnifying Loupe

Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:23 pm

A small loupe helps but a digital microscope does wonders to help you understand what's really going on. I believe the veho is still around $50.

Re: Magnifying Loupe

Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:22 am

I have been using a loupe and it has helped me seeing burrs that haven't been completely removed and other flaws. It is of help to a newbe. Glad I got it.
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