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Suggested/Factory Angle not Jiving w/Sharpie? 6 months 4 weeks ago #15174

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So after a lot of dumb questions and alot of "OCDing" I dove in and started practicing. The edges are coming out pretty good for a Noob w/new stones but one thing is not jiving...

I've been using the Sharpie Method to set the angle but the angles I see people recommending or the factory angles are not even close to the ones i'm getting w/the Sharpie?

For example, I did a test on my Hinderer XM-18 which is at 22 degrees factory but my angle cube says like 26 degrees to get the Sharpie removed from the edge? Or this kitchen knife (see pic) is at 27 degrees to get to the edge but i'm seeing most kitchen knives at waaaay lower angles like 15.

Do you see something drastically wrong with my set-up or am I doing something wrong w/the cube.. something doesn't make sense.

Thanks for any direction.
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Suggested/Factory Angle not Jiving w/Sharpie? 6 months 4 weeks ago #15175

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Sorry, pics were too big.


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Suggested/Factory Angle not Jiving w/Sharpie? 6 months 4 weeks ago #15176

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Are you zeroing the cube to surface the WEPS is mounted on?
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Suggested/Factory Angle not Jiving w/Sharpie? 6 months 4 weeks ago #15177

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Yes.

Place on base, zero, place on top of stone (see pic), lay against edge, test swipe till "edge of edge" is removed.
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Suggested/Factory Angle not Jiving w/Sharpie? 6 months 4 weeks ago #15180

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I've seen knives too with factory bevels which didn't seem right. My attitude is that the original bevel angle is irrelevant. Profile the blade to whatever angle you think is right and forget about what it used to be.

If the manufacturer says that their knives should be at 22 degrees, I'd go with whatever your standard angle is (mine is 20 degrees)so you don't have to keep a record of the knife with the oddball angle. Of course, if a customer says they want the 22 degrees, give 'em what they want. The next time you're asked to sharpen it, hope that one of you remembers the unusual angle.
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Suggested/Factory Angle not Jiving w/Sharpie? 6 months 4 weeks ago #15182

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Thought maybe the problem was in arm set-up. I had "flipped" the arms (as per a suggestion on the forum) to the other side so that the thumbscrews contact the flat side of the bar.

However, I just installed them the normal way, adjusted via the angle cube, then did a test swipe. At 20 degrees on that kitchen knife the marker is no where removed from the edge.

I also did another test on the Hinderer (see pic) and at 22 degrees I am literally scratching the very bottom of the edge? I understand not focusing too much on the factory angle but still seems weird that all the knives I've done are at a pretty high angle to reach the edge. Plus the w/Hinderer I know the exact factory angle and I am way off.

Still feel like i'm doing something dumb, something must be wrong.
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Suggested/Factory Angle not Jiving w/Sharpie? 6 months 4 weeks ago #15185

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Knife positioning and sharpie. www.wickededgeusa.com/index.php?option=c...&catid=38&Itemid=258


Here's a thread involving the angle cube and how its positioning on the stone etc will affect its reading. You will also notice that
If the ball joint is twisted to one side or the other, readings will be affected.

www.wickededgeusa.com/index.php?option=c...=20&Itemid=271#10557
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Suggested/Factory Angle not Jiving w/Sharpie? 6 months 4 weeks ago #15187

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Just to be clear... When you set your arms at 22 degrees, is the angle cube confirming that angle?
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Suggested/Factory Angle not Jiving w/Sharpie? 6 months 4 weeks ago #15190

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Thank you so much for the links. I've read them and I think my knife position is correct and the other post seems to be dealing with minor angle changes/discrepancies. Mine seem many degrees off.

My Angle Finder indeed matches my arms. When the arm is 22 degrees on the bar, the cube reads 22 degrees. That's where i'm confused... if I set it at 22 degrees, factory angle on the Hinderer, it would be removing the marker/sharpie literally from the bottom of the edge?

Should I just "trailblaze" and not worry about it, literally re-profiling the edge to the MY angle? I feel like if i'm set at 22 degrees, the factory angle is supposed to be 22 degrees, I should be removing the marker perfectly at the top of the edge, ready to create a burr... no?

Again, if I just used the Sharpie Method on the Hinderer, I am at like 26 degree to remove the marker from the edge and start my burr?
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Suggested/Factory Angle not Jiving w/Sharpie? 6 months 3 weeks ago #15191

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The sharpie method and the angle cube are more accurate than the bar settings. The bar settings were based upon a knife of chosen
Blade length and width. Somewhere, it is written, what the measurements are.

The angle reading, on the bar on the side of the vise that is fixed/doesn't move, will likely be in more agreement with the angle cube than the moveable side.

May want to fiddle around with a cheap knife(s), rather than your Hinderer. There is some learning curve to the WEPS, and questions will continue to pop up as you use it. Some will be answered best by you seeing first hand as you get used to using the WEPS.
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