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Re: X pattern consistency

Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:49 am

Well judging by the looks of your micrograph, you're doing just fine... quite fine! I think even moreso with a natural stone scratch pattern, the pattern - x, full sweeps in one direction or otherwise - is less critical than uniformly abrading the blade. You can even do different patterns on subsequent stones to distinguish which stone is providing which scratches.

Sadden's comment about removing the previous scratch pattern is the bottom line on this.

FWIW, the problem with athletes that overthink is that it blocks their proprioceptive abilities. So when you block your ability to rely on 'knowing' your body position, that's when things go to sh*t. Same with a good chef who 'thinks' about his cuts with a ruler rather than relying on 'knowing' his blade position.

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Ken

Re: X pattern consistency

Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:16 pm

Great replies. I totally get the "don't overthink it". I can think of many examples of this. I guess the take away is to do what feels most natural to you. I've seen lots of different sharpening techniques for knives, I suppose they can differ some with razors as well. Also thinking intently on technique while sharpening ruins the enjoyment. That's why I quit counting strokes a while back. I'd lose count...finally said forget it. Enjoyment level went up...I'm sure the results did as well.

Re: X pattern consistency

Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:10 pm

I believe you need to shave one side of your face with one type of sharpening and then shave the other. Have a woman kiss each side and tell you which side she prefers.

Re: X pattern consistency

Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:35 pm

I would think as long as your angle is consistent throughout the progression you are fine.
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