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side centering thick blades 1 year 7 months ago #7577

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hello, I'm new to this board. I enjoy reading all the great information and expertise on the WE here.
Got upgrade II kit with the riser & new ball joints & wanted to ask advice.

is there a reliable way other than trial & error ensure perfect centering of the knife? My bevels from one side of the blade to the other are always a tiny fraction of an angle different. I do use the 2-pronged guide to sit the blade heel on - but I'm not talking about gross centering here. I'm talking about exact, precise, perfect centering.

also, what's the best lube for the steel ball to aluminum contacts - ?mineral oil ?silicone oil ?Rem oil ?militec?

also, my top screw tightener for the aluminum pyramid clamp still pokes through to the other side & damages the diamond stones. Should I grind it down or does Clay offer an upgrade to the pyramid clamp & screw kit to fix this too?

Thanks all.
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Re: side centering thick blades 1 year 7 months ago #7578

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Have you read this thread
www.wickededgeusa.com/index.php?option=c...=9&id=4781&Itemid=63

As far as the screw getting hit, you may need to ge a shorter screw, or position the knife above the upper holes and tighten upper screw just
enough for contact, and tighten mostly with bottom screw. You may have to fiddle a bit, and be aware that you could possibly bend the vice jaws if you torque the bottom screw too much.

Haven't lubed anything on my WE.
HTH
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Re: side centering thick blades 1 year 7 months ago #7581

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Check out - WE Wiki under Resources on the web page - In the "New User Info" these is a number of videos and discussion on bevels, might help.

I do use the Rem oil every so often to lube and clean out the arm joint. The rem oil is light, so no concern it might gum up the works.
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Re: side centering thick blades 1 year 7 months ago #7583

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Thanks Mike & James for the assistance - I'll check out both of those links.
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Re: side centering thick blades 1 year 7 months ago #7588

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pleeho wrote:
also, my top screw tightener for the aluminum pyramid clamp still pokes through to the other side & damages the diamond stones. Should I grind it down or does Clay offer an upgrade to the pyramid clamp & screw kit to fix this too?

Thanks all.

This has been discussed a few times before, I remember Clay saying he would include a shorter screw.

Will this still happen?
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Re: side centering thick blades 1 year 7 months ago #7591

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pleeho wrote:
also, what's the best lube for the steel ball to aluminum contacts - ?mineral oil ?silicone oil ?Rem oil ?militec?

The ball-bearing joint Clay uses has a nylon bearing "race".
Nylon is meant to be self lubricating.

Water is a lubricant for nylon.

I would not use anything that could react with nylon.
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