Testing for Sharpness

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Common Methods of Testing for Sharpness

A few common methods of testing for sharpness are:

Slicing newspaper

Slicing notebook paper

Shaving arm hair


Higher levels of sharpness can be tested by:

Push cutting newspaper

Push cutting toilet paper


The Hanging Hair Test

The Hanging Hair Test is commonly used by straight razor sharpeners to test their blades. It can also be used on knives.

A description can be found here: The Hanging Hair Test

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