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Burr removal 10 months 3 weeks ago #14660

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I'm having problems removing my burr. I go through all the stones, 1200 / 1600 ceramics, 5 & 3.5 micron strops. I can't detect a burr, but at soon as I cut some paper...boom, burr is back. I seem to be straightening and refining the burr and not removing it. I usually wind up free hand stropping at a steep angle to remove it, but then I have just rounded the edge and lost a little sharpness (still sharp, but not wicked sharp.)

How can I remove the burr? I think I'm using more than enough strokes. Could it be a pressure issue? Alternating strokes vs "scrubbing" each side (I generally alternate)?

My latest technique is to fold a piece of paper several times and run it down the edge while still in the vise. Getting so so results.


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Burr removal 10 months 3 weeks ago #14661

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Grade/quality of steel?
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Burr removal 10 months 3 weeks ago #14663

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Perhaps try with a cork from a wine bottle or something. That is the method that my grandfather used. I have also seen that Murray Carter use that method when he sharpen knives and even razors :)
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Burr removal 10 months 3 weeks ago #14664

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Cutting corks is a popular method of burr removal the other way is to cut into the end grain of a piece of pine.
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Burr removal 10 months 3 weeks ago #14679

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I use a pencil eraser
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Burr removal 10 months 3 weeks ago #14686

After each grit, I use a soft dowel rod. Could use any soft piece of wood/cork that you have on hand.
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Re:Burr removal 10 months 2 weeks ago #14699

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Doesn't seem to matter what steel. VG-10, D2, S30V, 154CM, AUS8, 440C. Spyderco, Benchmade, SOG, Cold Steel brands. They all are doing the same thing.

I've got a pile of old wine corks. I'll give that a try.


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Re:Burr removal 10 months 2 weeks ago #14700

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You can adapt my freehand burr/wire-edge removal method for WE. Use a solid smooth grain round stick - such as olive wood - to file perpendicular to the edge. Yes, laterally to fold burr and or wire-edge 90* to the apex. Then use WE pull down stroke to cut off the folded-over burr/wire.

Here is a video I posted 8 months ago. This is my go-to deterministic burr/wire removal. Heheh maybe worth a try or :huh:
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Re:Burr removal 10 months 2 weeks ago #14703

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I'm more with Bluntcut on this.... I've never found pulling a knife thru wood/cork/etc. very effective. For me, either an edge leading stroke at a higher angle, (usually with a ceramic stone), or some stropping at a higher angle (edge trailing of course) is more effective. His method pushes the burr to one side, where you can then remove it.

But there's more than one way,,,, try a few and see what works best for you.
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Re:Burr removal 10 months 2 weeks ago #14706

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What angle do you use? Sometimes I had problem with removing the burr in case of too steep angles. I solve it by adding the microbevel.
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