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TOPIC: I have officially dulled a blade with the WE

I have officially dulled a blade with the WE 1 year 10 months ago #5834

New to the WE and am a very inexperienced sharpener. I hope this system is better than all the others I have tried and what little time I have spent on the WE, I can easily claim that it is.
New to the WE as of 2 days ago and I have officially dulled the edge on my Shirogorov Hati. I called WE and spoke with a gentleman named Kyle, who was very polite and helpful. He said that stones have to be broken in and that I need to give the knife about 40-75 strokes per side using the coarser stones until I get a burr. I could barely get a burr after about 80 strokes on one side at 100 grit. I am guessing that the stones need to be broken in more, but I even rubbed the stones together to increase the breaking in process. So, my knife is more dull now than ever. Seriously frustrating. What am I doing wrong?
Also, what do you do when you have A LOT of metal shavings and dust that settled into my Hati's pivot area? I rinsed it off and the action is extremely gritty now.
Last Edit: 1 year 10 months ago by MichaelBessinger.
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Re: I have officially dulled a blade with the WE 1 year 10 months ago #5835

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OK, let me see if I can help.
First off the burr has to be there or all is for naught. With the 100 stone do an up and down scrubbing motion for the number of stokes you are using, making sure that you do the whole length of the edge right out to the edge. Here is where a magic marker can be used to see whether you are in fact getting right out there and for the full length. You do one side first and check with a cotton ball to see if you have a burr in fact...forget your finger, the cotton ball doesn't lie. Then do the other side and check again. This process is the only time you will use any kind of pressure...from here on in, for all the rest of the stones and strops, you will use the sweeping strokes that you see Clay using in his videos and the face of the paddles will caress the formative edge like a gentle summer breeze or zephyr. I can't emphasize enough that you have to be gentle for these last phases. Stropping the same. If you raise a burr and do as I have stated you cannot not get a sharp edge...it is a fail-safe method at least for me nd I wil bet for you...let the kiss of the diamonds do the work, not your muscles.
Best of luck my friend. I anxiously await your success and the ribald comments which often follow my instructions, LOL!

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Leo James Mitchell
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Re: I have officially dulled a blade with the WE 1 year 10 months ago #5836

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MichaelBessinger wrote:
New to the WE and am a very inexperienced sharpener. .........
..... but I even rubbed the stones together to increase the breaking in process......

Just a quick note never to rub the diamond stones together. It's the fastest way to ruin the abrasiveness of you stones. It's one of the important wisdom(s) imparted to me from the more knowledgeable members on this forum. It will naturally break in and you'll quickly develop the "burr" that everyone talks about.

There's a lot of experience on this forum and I think you'll find it useful on your path to creating wickedly sharp edges...have fun with it and don't let the frustration get to you. You're on your way, my friend!
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Re: I have officially dulled a blade with the WE 1 year 10 months ago #5837

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How hard did you rub the stones together?. You can ruin these very easily by doing that, a few very light strokes at most.
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Re: I have officially dulled a blade with the WE 1 year 10 months ago #5838

I am not sure exactly how to describe how I rubbed the stones together, but this is what I was told to by someone at WE.
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Re: I have officially dulled a blade with the WE 1 year 10 months ago #5839

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Go to Good Will, the swap meet or Saturday yard sales and buy for penny's some old beat up kitchen knives. First you can practice your technique, it will take a little practice and it varies by everyone. This will also help you to break in the diamond plates. These knives now become test beds for experimentation.
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