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Leading or Trailing Strokes 2 years 1 month ago #4658

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I did a quick experiment with the .6 Micro-Fine Ceramic stones and edge-leading and edge-trailing sharpening. First I polished the edge .25um with the kangaroo strops. Here is the clean edge:

25um-Stropped-Clean-Edge-1.jpg


I didn't go for perfect, just good enough to have a clean slate.

Next I did 5 very light trailing strokes with the .6um Micro-Fines at 5 degrees wider. Here is the result:

6um-Trailing-5-Strokes.jpg


I did another 20 strokes, edge-trailing:

6um-Trailing-20-Strokes.jpg
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Re: Leading or Trailing Strokes 2 years 1 month ago #4659

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I cleaned up the edge again:

25um-Stropped-Clean-Edge-2.jpg


Then did 5 light strokes, edge-leading:

6um-Leading-5-Strokes.jpg


and 20 more edge-leading strokes:

6um-Leading-20-Strokes.jpg


I'm again fascinated by the way metal can be so easily pushed along the surface and piled up on the bevel. I was using whisper-lite pressure.

Hopefully people will jump onto this topic to explore it further and relate anecdotal information about cutting performance with edge-leading and edge-trailing techniques.
--Clay Allison
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Re: Leading or Trailing Strokes 2 years 1 month ago #4665

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This interests me, but I can't tell what's going on in the 2nd edge leading photo, other than the metal being pushed you referenced. I don't see a defined bevel like the edge trailing photo, it looks like a serious burr or that the edge is folded over, and it looks like the pic was taken farther away?

Sorry if its just me... but can you interpret it a bit?
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Re: Leading or Trailing Strokes 2 years 1 month ago #4666

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I agree that the second edge-leading image is odd. Clearly a big burr (you know, about 4 microns or something :) ) was formed. I'm not sure why since I used very light strokes. I'll have to wait until tomorrow to repeat it and redo the photography.
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This interests me, but I can't tell what's going on in the 2nd edge leading photo, other than the metal being pushed you referenced. I don't see a defined bevel like the edge trailing photo, it looks like a serious burr or that the edge is folded over, and it looks like the pic was taken farther away?

Sorry if its just me... but can you interpret it a bit?
--Clay Allison
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Re: Leading or Trailing Strokes 2 years 1 month ago #4670

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very interesting Clay! I have a theory on why the edge bevel is wider on the edge-trailing strokes... I believe it is because you were using more pressure. The reason being is because you are lifting the paddle as you push into the stone, therefore your muscles are keeping the contact and it is harder to regulate the pressure. With the edge-leading passes, you basically just are using the weight of the stone and almost letting it fall. Sound about right? Just a theory ;)

that's really weird why the edge looks so un-even in the edge-leading photos... why do you think that is?
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razoredgeknives wrote:
very interesting Clay! I have a theory on why the edge bevel is wider on the edge-trailing strokes... I believe it is because you were using more pressure. The reason being is because you are lifting the paddle as you push into the stone, therefore your muscles are keeping the contact and it is harder to regulate the pressure. With the edge-leading passes, you basically just are using the weight of the stone and almost letting it fall. Sound about right? Just a theory ;)

that's really weird why the edge looks so un-even in the edge-leading photos... why do you think that is?

Interesting theory - I bet I could put the sharpener on a scale and measure the pressures I'm exerting while sharpening to test it. As for the unevenness, I'm not sure - I'm going to repeat the edge-leading portion today and see if I get the same results.
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