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Stropping after putting on a microbevel

Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:12 pm

Hi,

So I tried setting my first microbevel, and I decided to try stropping for the first time. I didn't seem to get much out of the stropping, so I'm questioning my technique. I was probably stropping at the angle that I set for the main bevel (about 10 degrees) as opposed to the microbevel (which is probably closer to 15-20 degrees). When stropping with a microbevel, do you try to strop at the angle the microbevel was set, or do you stay closer to the main bevel, or do you something completely different? Thanks!

Re: Stropping after putting on a microbevel

Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:23 pm

You strop at the angle of the cutting edge. You have to make contact with the very end of the edge or else you're putting lipstick on a pig. With some soft stropping mediums you might lower the angle a little so the convex you create when stropping just kisses the edge.....but either way you have to make contact with the very edge.

Re: Stropping after putting on a microbevel

Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:02 pm

Thanks for the imagery about lipstick on the pig. I won't forget that one.

Re: Stropping after putting on a microbevel

Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:52 pm

Adam Marr wrote:You strop at the angle of the cutting edge. You have to make contact with the very end of the edge or else you're putting lipstick on a pig. With some soft stropping mediums you might lower the angle a little so the convex you create when stropping just kisses the edge.....but either way you have to make contact with the very edge.


Thanks Adam. Increased my angle, and my knife is noticeably a bit sharper -- push cuts into paper, easily cuts into a tomato with the weight of the knife, but still not quite shaving sharp. This was only my second time trying to freehand sharpen, so I guess a bit more practice is in order.

Re: Stropping after putting on a microbevel

Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:13 pm

I don't know what stone's you have, so take this as it might pertain and might not:

You should be able to easily shave arm hairs after a 1,000 grit waterstone. If you're stropping to get a sharper edge than you can get on stone's, you should be looking for an edge than can tree top arm hair.
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