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Blade leans to the right 9 months 4 weeks ago #14009

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I don't know how or why, but I clamped in an old style carbon steel knife in the WE today and started to profile the edge. I started on the right side and it went fairly quick, but in doing the left, I couldn't get to the apex of the edge and form the burr on the right. Looking at it I saw a wider bevel than on the right. Checked it with the angle indicator and both side were at 20.50. Then I looked closely at the knife and it seemed to be leaning to the right. Checked the blade itself with the angle indicator, and sure enough it was leaning 1.55 to the right.

I just turned the blade to me and finished the edge up to 1000 grit. I guess I should've investigated further, but I had other knives to do. Just thought it odd that a knife blade would lean, clamped into the WE vise. No other knife I've done had the nerve to lean, once clamped in :P
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Blade leans to the right 9 months 4 weeks ago #14010

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Hey Bob, is the knife full flat ground? If so, try a piece of chamois or foam tape to clamp the knife.

Or is it quite thick? The WEPS is calibrated for not too thick knives, that should explain it.
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Blade leans to the right 9 months 4 weeks ago #14011

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Yes it was a full flat ground. Real old school slicing knife, wooden handle too. About the length of a boning knife.

It's just one more thing to look for in this gig. I've got a piece of a soft leather glove I cut out of the cuff just for this situation. Never thought to use it though.

Thinking about what I did, I'm thinking I should've tried to get the blade straight instead of turning it around. Half fast (say it fast and you get the meaning) fixes usually never turn out well.
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Blade leans to the right 9 months 4 weeks ago #14019

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Bob, I have some thicker then chamois leather cut in a 1" square and one 1"x 1/2" and I have made it just SOP when mounting the blade now. It is learning the little quirks of the system and then you will never look back. A year ago no one ever talked about sharp knives with me? Just recently my boss said to me " you have become legendary around here!"
Every WE owner just needs a little time and practice and then we are all legendary!
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Blade leans to the right 9 months 4 weeks ago #14020

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Bob, since it's FFG, try the answers to first question of the forum FAQ: wickededgeusa.com/wiki/index.php?title=F...nife_horizontally.3F

And the answer to this question at the FAQ: www.wickededgeusa.com/index.php?option=c...31:general&Itemid=46
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