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Off center edge ? 3 months 2 weeks ago #17012

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New to the WEPS and trying to get it mastered, so forgive me if this is a stupid question. Is it possible to get your edge somehow off center ? I seems to have my knife really sharp but it seems like the edge is off to one side. If I try to shave paper straight on it's grabby and rips, tilt the knife a few degrees and it seems surgical sharp. Same with hair shaving. Straight on it won't cut hairs, tilt it a bit and it pops them with no effort. Does this make sense ? Like maybe the angles aren't matching and one side of the bevel is steeper than the other ? Or maybe one hand its heavy handed and rolling the bevel to a side consistently ?
Any ideas ? Maybe I'm just breathing in too much stropping dust...

My first thought was I'm not knocking off the burr correctly but man I end up stropping with 1 micron and .5 micron for 15 minutes or so. That ought to knock off a burr right ??
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Off center edge ? 3 months 2 weeks ago #17016

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Hi Dash,

Good question. The answer: that's very well possible.

A few possible reasons:
- Your angles on the left and right sight may not be the same. The here for a lot of info on that.
- You may have been sharpening on one side a lot more than on the other side, for example, if you were first trying to get a burr on one side.
- Or, similarly, your dominant hand may be giving much more pressure than the other hand.
- You may have been trying to match existing bevels, which were inconsistent in the first place (which often happens with new factory knives).

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Re:Off center edge ? 3 months 2 weeks ago #17019

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It could also be a burr that is canted to one side more than the other... :-)

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Off center edge ? 3 months 2 weeks ago #17020

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My first that is the same as Josh's - you might have a burr pushed to one side.
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Off center edge ? 3 months 1 week ago #17051

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Do not over do the stropping, the strops can effect the edge and make it duller.
- James
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