Using the Variable Stone Thickness Adapter
Some Wicked Edge stones are thicker than others, particularly the Naniwa-Chosera Waterstones. To ensure the shape of your bevels stay consistent, and angle adjustment must be made when switching to these stones.
The Variable Stone Thickness Adapter is a guide that holds the place of your angle, and lets you repeat your angle when switching between stones of different thicknesses.
Helpful tip: To achieve perfect results with the Variable Stone Thickness Adapter your sharpener should have micro adjustment capabilities. If you have a model without this capability it is OK, you will just need to remove your Base Rod and turn it around so the detents are facing away from you.
Step 1 – Place the Adapter on the Base Rod
Remove the Guide Rods from the Base Rod (degree bar). Slide the Variable Stone Thickness Adapters onto both sides of the Base Rod so the are facing up and away from you. (Note: there is a flat side and an indented side to each adapter. The flat side goes towards the Vise Jaw.)
Step 2 – Find your angle
Slide your Guide Rods back onto the Base Rod and then slide your stones onto the Guide Rods. Click here for detailed instructions about how to find your angle.
Step 3 – Setting the adapter
Once you have found your angle, slide the Variable Stone Thickness Adapter over until it is flush with your stone. Then, while holding the stone flush against the adapter with one hand, firmly tighten the Adapter to the Base Rod by using the Vise Key with your other hand. Repeat on the opposite side. (Important: From this point forward the Variable Stone Thickness Adapters should not move at any time during the sharpening session. They are now set as the guide for your other stones.
Step 4 – Using the adapter as a guide
When you are ready to switch to a stone with a different thickness, slide the stone onto the Guide Rod and loosen the collar that holds your angle in place. (Notice that when you place the stones with a different thickness against the adapter, there is a gap.) While holding the stone against the adapter, adjust your angle setting until there is no longer a gap and the stone is flush against the adapter. You can do this by using the main angle adjustment on the degree bar, or with your micro adjustment. Then, while holding the stone flush against the adapter, re-tighten you angle adjustment so it is set in place. Repeat with the stone on the other side of the sharpener.
Step 5 – Progress through all of your stones
Feel free to progress through all of your stones. You will want to check each stone against the adapter to see if an angle adjustment needs to be made.
Step 6 – Stropping
When you progress to leather strops, it is important to clean off all of the water, stone slurry, or any other particles from the adapters prior to touching the strops to the adapters.Doing this will prevent damaging or contaminating the strops. When you use the leather strops, set your angle 1-2 degrees more acute than your original sharpening angle. This is important because the leather is pliable, and if left at the same sharpening angle as your stones, it can roll over and dull your edge. You can reset your sharpening angle without moving the adapters.