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Touching up the edge 1 year 9 months ago #5977

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I don't need to reprofile or start at 100 grit to sharpen my knife. I want to touch it up a bit. Where do you start for a touch up? 400? 600? Thanks!
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Re: Touching up the edge 1 year 9 months ago #5980

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If you're using a marker to help identify the angle and you're sure you're hitting the apex of the edge with the stones, you should be fine with the 600# stones.
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I don't need to reprofile or start at 100 grit to sharpen my knife. I want to touch it up a bit. Where do you start for a touch up? 400? 600? Thanks!
--Clay Allison
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Re: Touching up the edge 1 year 9 months ago #5987

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I do use a marker as well as careful set-up measurements to the mm. Should I be feeling a burr at 600 before moving to 800?
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Re: Touching up the edge 1 year 9 months ago #5992

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If you're using good magnification to examine the edge and verify that the marker is all gone then you probably don't need to go all the way to a burr but if you're not sure you've reached the edge then working to raise a burr will be important.
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I do use a marker as well as careful set-up measurements to the mm. Should I be feeling a burr at 600 before moving to 800?
--Clay Allison
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Re: Touching up the edge 1 year 9 months ago #5993

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Thanks. I should probably invest in a good magnifier. Any suggestions on magnification level?
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Re: Touching up the edge 1 year 9 months ago #5995

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There are a bunch of magnifiers available on Amazon. Here is the little one I use and I've been very happy with it: 60x Lighted Loupe.
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Thanks. I should probably invest in a good magnifier. Any suggestions on magnification level?
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Re: Touching up the edge 1 year 9 months ago #6010

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Thanks Clay!
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Re: Touching up the edge 1 year 9 months ago #6023

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I still can't get over how easy touch ups are. I thrashed my Hogue chopping saplings just to torture it, and rolled over part of the edge. A minute or so with the 1000 grit diamond stones sorted it right out using my noted settings. I think that's another good reason why so many folks here mention the 1000 grits for daily use; they strike that balance between an attractive matte finish and being easy to touch up with.

I also need some magnification one of these days, if anything I'm horribly guilty of overdoing the burr now and then!
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Re: Touching up the edge 1 year 9 months ago #6025

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ApexGS wrote:
I also need some magnification one of these days, if anything I'm horribly guilty of overdoing the burr now and then!

Amen brother! Me too!!! I just ordered one of those nifty 60x lighted magnifiers that Clay suggested. Dirt cheap!!!!
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