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Posted on How do you hone in between sharpening sessions?

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#1 posted 11-15-2012 02:53 AM


When you freehand, there is no microbevel. I do use a guide on a XC diamond plate to establish a primary bevel. If the iron is really bad I will break out the wet grinder.

Then I work up the grits using a honing guide. I use wet stones and sandpaper whatever I am in the mood for. Final polishing on 2000 grit then strop. Still, no microbevel. After that, freehanding sort of gives you the same thing, the tip naturally rounds down.

The key here using any method, freehand or honing guide is to have two highly polished surfaces meet. Both work fine. In my opinion freehanding is quicker, and being that allows me to get back an edge and get back to work.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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