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 Post subject: removing a burr
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:26 pm 

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What's the best way to remove a burr stropping seams to work OK but I am.not sure I am doing it exactly right. I have not been able to remove it with just the finishing stone which is a ep 1k. I have used my spyderco to deburr but I feel like I am.putting on a micro bevel.

 Post subject: Re: removing a burr
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:19 pm 

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If you are removing a burr with a stone you will need to gradually lighten up the pressure on the stone until it is essentially the weight of the knife keeping it on there. At that point it is less about grinding the knife and more about wearing down the burr. Some people even lightly strop the knife on the stone like you would a normal strop. Just remember that any real pressure you put on the blade will grind the edge and make a burr, so going lightly at the end is key. It would probably also help to frequently switch sides at the end as well. A stroke or two on each side then switch.

If you are finishing with a sharpmaker, you probably are putting on a microbevel as it is set to a higher angle than most Japanese knives use. This isn't really a bad thing as it strengthens the edge, but it makes it less keen than it could be. This might be different if you are using the "bench stone" configuration, but it would still require the same technique either way. Lighter pressure as you move the blade across.

While it is entirely possible to remove a burr with the 1k, you might find it easier to do with a finer stone like a 5k. Once you can remove the burr with your stone, your strop can then work a bit easier just to refine the edge and not have to wear down and polish off the burr.

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