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TOPIC: Blade toutch ups?

Blade toutch ups? 2 months 6 days ago #18530

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Hi guys,

Just planning ahead really,

When your knife edge is due a resharpen, what and how do you do it?

What grit stones do to start off on/with etc and stages you through,?

Can/does just stropping work?


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Steve.
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Blade toutch ups? 2 months 6 days ago #18532

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Hi Steve,
it is important to write down your settings (bevel angles and position of the knife in jaws). I basically do final stages of sharpening progression. How many, it depends on how much worn is your edge, you gain experiences by trials and errors. In some cases, stropping is enough.
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Blade toutch ups? 2 months 5 days ago #18533

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Cheers thanks Lukas.

Steve
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Blade toutch ups? 2 months 5 days ago #18534

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Hi Sniper, there are various beginners guides:
- Basic instructions: www.wickededgeusa.com/resources2/instructions2
- FAQ: www.wickededgeusa.com/resources2/faq2
- Wiki: wickededgeusa.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page&Itemid=261

Experiment with it a lot, see what you like and let us know!

And yes, stropping does work :-). The 5/3.3 micron paste I think you have produces beautiful mirror edges after the ceramic stones. And yes, very sharp.
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Blade toutch ups? 2 months 5 days ago #18539

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With the intent to preserve as much blade life as possible, I will start with strops, and if that doesn't bring back a sharp edge, I'll drop to ceramics, then diamonds if needed.

Only time I would go straight back to diamonds if there was a chip that needed to be removed, or if I wanted to change the profile. But I wouldn't drop back to 50/80 grit, depending on how much I was re-profiling, I might only drop back to 400/600.

After you sharpen a few knives, you'll start to get a feel for it.
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Blade toutch ups? 2 months 5 days ago #18540

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I always scan the edge with the handheld microscope and decide from there. Most of my resharpens begin with 800-grit diamonds. If the wear is serious or there are chips, I usually go to 400 grit diamonds. Never below that on a normal re-sharpening.

If there's chips that are pretty bad and you can't see them well enough to know that, you could waste a lot of effort using a too-high grit stone. Josh at razoredgeknives teaches us to flatten the edge down enough to remove any chips and dings and then go from there. I've found this really helps a lot. It's really important to know what grit to start with. It may take forever to get down to the bottom of a chip with an 800 grit stone.
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Blade toutch ups? 2 months 3 days ago #18566

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I decide on which stones/strops to use based on how long it's been since I last sharpened the knife. If it hasn't been long, I'll use the strops. If it feels like the edge is pretty deformed from use then I'll start the the highest grit stones I last used. Normally that gets the job done unless it's been a really long time and the knife has seen hard use. Then I'll go to the 800# diamonds.
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