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Left and right angle inconsistency with angle cube 8 months 1 week ago #15148

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Hello,

I bought a WEPS with the PP2 8 or 9 months ago, but only recently have had time to really play with it. The Angle Cube it came with was seriously out of calibration. I wasn't having much luck trying to recalibrate it (lack a sufficiently flat surface, for one), so I ordered another. However, I'm still getting unexpected results.

The cube is reporting about 2.5o mismatch between the left and right side. After reading various threads here, I decided to remove the knife as a variable and locked the depth gauge into the vice in place of a blade for testing purposes. (Since it's thin, flat and doesn't have a sharp edge to worry about.)

I clamp the "blade" in at the top position, and set the angle to 20o on both sides. To ensure that the fine adjustment is fairly close on both sides, I set it so that the end of the screw is flush with its hole. I make sure the Angle Cube is flush with the top and side of the paddle, and square it against the base so that the face is perpendicular. I zero out the AC before measuring by placing it on the beam.

I've repeated the procedure a couple of times now, and according to the Angle Cube it is around 19.5o on the left, and 22o on the right. Any suggestions on what's going on here? Defective cube? I don't see any obvious bend or defect on the WE. I wouldn't expect perfect consistency, but 2.5 degrees is quite a bit.

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cubix
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Left and right angle inconsistency with angle cube 8 months 1 week ago #15152

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If you are setting your angle by the degrees marked on the bar, that is most likely the cause of the discrepancy . This occurs because one side of the clamp is fixed, and the other side moves. Set your angle using the cube and you'll be ok.

Here's a link to get you started. wickededgeusa.com/wiki/index.php?title=B...e_to_the_Wicked_Edge

There is a lot of helpful information on the wiki, and on the forum in general. You can search or just browse around the index page for topics that catch your eye.
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Left and right angle inconsistency with angle cube 8 months 1 week ago #15167

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Make sure to calibrate the cube to your base before starting as well. If the surface you have it sitting on is not perfectly level that can throw the apparent angles off as well. I'm sure you know that since you are zeroing to the beam, but I've been told it's bad to assume. The surface you sharpen on doesn't need to be perfectly level, but the cube must "see" where level is relative to.
If you are not re-profiling a blade, I would use the sharpie method to match what's there. For me, it's faster and in most cases, let's you sharpen even lopsided blades while not having to remove too much material.
Particpant in finding out how sharp is sharp!
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Left and right angle inconsistency with angle cube 8 months 1 week ago #15179

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I'd really be surprised to see an angle cube that far out of whack. A very simple check is to set the cube on a flat surface and press the "zero" button. Then lay the cube on its side and you should read very close to 90.0 degrees plus or minus whatever the manufacturer says the accuracy should be. Flip it to its opposite side and it should read -90.0 degrees.

Next, I'd switch rod-end attachments, left to right, and then recheck the angles. If the angle readings have flipped, there's something wrong with one of the attachments.

If that doesn't change anything, next I'd flip the beam (increment bar). If the angles flip, I'd guess that the angle detents aren't centered, relative to the mounting screw.

My angles seem to vary by about .75 degrees, but I've never had enough reason to dig into it. I always assumed that it was related to the blade and how it squares up in the vise. Good Luck, I'm looking forward to finding out what you learn.
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Left and right angle inconsistency with angle cube 7 months 2 weeks ago #15407

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Thanks for the replies. Sorry it took me so long to get back to this.
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I'd really be surprised to see an angle cube that far out of whack. A very simple check is to set the cube on a flat surface and press the "zero" button. Then lay the cube on its side and you should read very close to 90.0 degrees plus or minus whatever the manufacturer says the accuracy should be. Flip it to its opposite side and it should read -90.0 degrees.

It seems to be passing this test OK.
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Next, I'd switch rod-end attachments, left to right, and then recheck the angles. If the angle readings have flipped, there's something wrong with one of the attachments.

Good suggestion, and when I tried it, sure enough, the numbers flipped.

I thought I would just trust the angle cube, and sharpened a couple of inexpensive knives to see what happened. It seemed to be OK, so I went on to my new Izula. Unfortunately, I suppose because I dropped the angle down to 16 deg, the mismatched bevels became alarmingly apparent. I'm kicking myself now for not having resolved it before going on to a knife I care about. :oops:

It was definitely set to 16 as per the cube on both sides, and I double checked periodically. I'm fairly sure the blade was vertical. I put a few layers of latex between the knife and the vice.

Re-examining the cheaper knives, I think they are mismatched as well, but it is not as visible at the higher angle. I'm really confused as to what's causing it. Every measurement I take, albeit with just a ruler, looks alright, but as you suggest (tcmeyer), there might be something wrong with the attachments. Any suggestions on how to proceed?
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Left and right angle inconsistency with angle cube 7 months 2 weeks ago #15409

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Find which rod attachment is providing the right angle (matches the detent position on the base rod.

Now go to the attachment with the wrong angle. If you have the Pro-Pack II, you should be able to adjust the position of the rod-end coupling - the ball of the ball-joint coupling. Loosen the set-screw on the front of the slide-bar attachment and then adjust the in/out position of the screw that goes thru the attachment as you watch your angle-cube reading. When the angle matches that taken on the good side, tighten the set screw. As an old friend liked to say, "Viola."
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Left and right angle inconsistency with angle cube 7 months 2 weeks ago #15412

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tcmeyer wrote:
Find which rod attachment is providing the right angle (matches the detent position on the base rod.

Now go to the attachment with the wrong angle. If you have the Pro-Pack II, you should be able to adjust the position of the rod-end coupling - the ball of the ball-joint coupling. Loosen the set-screw on the front of the slide-bar attachment and then adjust the in/out position of the screw that goes thru the attachment as you watch your angle-cube reading. When the angle matches that taken on the good side, tighten the set screw. As an old friend liked to say, "Viola."

That's a nice way to compensate while keeping the markings useful.

However, I'm still at a loss to explain why, when the AC read 16o, I got noticeably different bevels on each side. I wasn't actually paying attention to the position markings at that time. I didn't think it should matter as long as the AC was reporting the same angle on both sides.
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Left and right angle inconsistency with angle cube 7 months 2 weeks ago #15415

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I did a little checking as by coincidence, I have a knife in my WE vise that seems to take a wider bevel on one side than the other. Since the blade has wide faces on each side, I am able to read them with my Angle Cube and can see that there's a difference. With the Cube zeroed on the base, the left side reads +1.0 degrees. The right reads -3.6 degrees. Obviously, my blade is not clamped vertically in the vise. The difference is 4.6 degrees, so to get matched bevels, I need to clamp the blade in such a way as to read 2.3 degrees on each side. Easier said than done. I played with shims but wasn't able to correct the error. Next I'll look at the blade grind profile at the point where it's clamped. Or maybe my vise isn't absolutely true. I'll clamp a flat piece of steel (like a planer blade) to see if it too is out of vertical. In any case, the cant of the blade accounts for the difference in bevel widths.

If a blade is being held vertically and both blocks read the same angles, there is the possibility that the edge of the blade may simply be off center. If the blade has a favorable flat grind, one way to test it is to lay the blade flat on a surface. Press the edge against a fixed vertical block, so as to leave a mark. Then flip the blade over, make another mark and see if the marks match. If you get two discrete lines, I think the solution is to stone the narrow side until the bevels nearly match, then follow through as you would normally.
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Left and right angle inconsistency with angle cube 7 months 2 weeks ago #15419

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I think if there is a big a difference from side to side of the blade it should be clear to eyeball it looking down the blade from the point.
Next I have noticed that sometimes when the blade is clamped it is not over the centre of the vice base again the mk 1 eyeball should reveal that I suppose one could put a reference line down the vice base centre to make it easier to check this . I would not think this is a particular problem as long as the angle match on the angle cube.
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ade is not central this could be corrected by taking more off the side where the bevel is narrower until each bevel is equal ( and then checking to see if the edge is central) once again one must bear in mind that most knives are sharpened by hand so it is probable that a lot of knives are not totally symmetrical ; using a controlled angle sharpening tool is likely to reveal such imperfections then it is also possible that the flats of the knife are not even and may not even be flat this could be corrected by either sanding with wet and dry on glass or using fine silicon carbide to flatten the blade .
The big question to ask is the knife worth that level of work the more one pays for a knife the less likely this is to be the case (often I would imagine his is what adds to the cost of production of a knife) and lastly does the knife do what it is supposed to do if it does I would say does it really matter if a lower quality knife exhibits some of these traits?
An expensive knife will be correct that is probable one of the reasons it is expensive!
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Left and right angle inconsistency with angle cube 7 months 2 weeks ago #15426

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Hi Leo!

That's a beautiful knife! Can you tell us about it?
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