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My Official Hello! 2 years 1 month ago #4372

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While it's not actually my first post, it will be the first since my WEPS arrived last week, and I decided it would be a good time to say hi to everyone.

I got the pro-pack 1, along with 1, .5, .125, and 0.05 micron balsa strops, and 0.025 micron on leather, keeping the other side of leather blank. I've sharpened a few junk knives to break in the stones and practice with the system, as well as get all the stropping compounds settled into their respective blanks.

I just finished up my first real knife, a Spyderco Dragonfly 2 in VG-10, sharpened at 16 degrees each side (using angle cube) and finished up through 0.05 micron,(0.025 is on backorder), and finally blank leather. Here's some pics.







After finishing I decided to test it by having a shave, and it did a wonderful job :)
Last Edit: 2 years 1 month ago by MathewWhaley. Reason: forgot angle
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Re: My Official Hello! 2 years 1 month ago #4373

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Hi Mathew
Glad you got your WEPS and I must say you did an excellent job on your knife...shaving sharp and a mirror polish are not what one usually gets with most other sharpeners. I am sure you will agree the WEPS is a fine rig and you will soon wonder how you ever sharpened without it. I know that is how I felt. Good to hear from you again and please post about your experiences from time to time. Well done mate! :)

All the best
Leo
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Leo James Mitchell
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Re: My Official Hello! 2 years 1 month ago #4374

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Hi Matthew, welcome to the forums! You did a really great job, not only on the knife, but they are also great photos. And I definitely believe the knife gave you a smooth shave!
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Re: My Official Hello! 2 years 1 week ago #5372

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An update with a blade I just finished up. The blade from my Leatherman Wave.






Progression was:

Diamond:
100
200
400
600
800
1000

Sandpaper:
1000
1500
2000

Balsa Strops:
5
3.5
1
0.5
0.25
0.125

Cow Leather:
0.025
Blank


Whittles hair easily, passes HHT. Dont really feel like shaving with a leatherman so thats as far as the testing will go :P
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Re: My Official Hello! 2 years 1 week ago #5374

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Nice! :woohoo:

What do you put your sandpaper on top of... (stone, balsa, blank? etc.) Just curious.
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Re: My Official Hello! 2 years 1 week ago #5375

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I put it on the 1000 grit diamond stones with a bit of duck tape


Also here's a direct link to a larger image

img23.imageshack.us/img23/2870/1002361fd.jpg

You can see that the polish isnt great at the very heel of the blade. I cant get the strops in close enough because they hit the rest of the Leatherman, since the blade is so offset to one side.
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Re: My Official Hello! 2 years 1 week ago #5376

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Nice! Thanks.

Heel areas are a PITA on some knives.
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