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permanent piece of rubber inside the vice 1 year 10 months ago #4967

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Just wondering if any of you have permanently glued material like inner tube rubber or chamois inside the vice where it grips the blade for sharpening? Is there any reason not to? Also, I was wondering why this is not done before shipping, if Clay might address this question, just curious really. It seems like a minor detail but this whole sharpener is just a lot of very detailed, calibrated and precision parts coming together to create an edge. Details make the difference and set it apart from all the other systems out there.
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Re: permanent piece of rubber inside the vice 1 year 10 months ago #4968

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Well the problem is that most knives dont require any kind of flexible material to hold them in place, the knives that do are more of an exception. And when you put something else in there that has some "give" to it, suddenly the amount of pressure you put on the stones can change the sharpening angle by compressing the rubber or whatever you have in the vise.
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Re: permanent piece of rubber inside the vice 1 year 10 months ago #4969

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That makes sense. So, while I am waiting for my WEPS to arrive, I am trying to anticipate what extra things I will need. I have some ZT knives, a350 and a 560 which will need some material due to the design of the blades, but my premium Shuns are flat and could be clamped without material, but they have a nice Demascus finish which I want to preserve. Would the metal clamp with no material between the metal blade and the metall vice leave a scratch or bite mark if I clamp it to hard? Or should I put something in there just to protect the finish? What material works best, rubber, chamois, cloth, leather, cardboard, etc.?
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Re: permanent piece of rubber inside the vice 1 year 10 months ago #4970

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For knives that clamp easily, but have a finish that you want to preserve, use a piece of masking tape to protect them.

For difficult to clamp blades, use double sided foam tape.
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Re: permanent piece of rubber inside the vice 1 year 10 months ago #4971

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Thanks Mat
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Re: permanent piece of rubber inside the vice 1 year 10 months ago #4972

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I have long thought that it would be nice to have some kind of rubber pieces that would fit tightly on the tips of the vice and have rectangular pads on he inside, all made out of a soft nonporous rubber, would be neat to have. That way we could take them off when the knife being sharpened did not require them and use them for those problem blades. I can visualize what I think would work but it is hard to describe. It would not be something that we would find in another application, I don't think, but would have to be purpose built for the weps.

Just a thought.

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