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    Nick Middleton
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      I would say this YouTube Video posted by Curry Custom Cutlery made me completely rethink where I mount my knives in the vice.

      I was wasting a lot of time having to change my motion, or make extra strokes in sections to correct the bevel.  I didn’t realize I was compensating for not having the knife if the best location and not being able to get an even-bevel on horizontal swipes. I had to use extra vertical-stokes to grind the areas not getting the same attention! I was getting even heel & tip; but not heel, tip, & belly!  I made a cardboard template like his to help with determining the best spot on a knife that and it removes the guess-work. I didn’t not have a good grasp of the effect of edge-height and belly-curvature.

       

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      #40569

      sksharp
      Participant

        That is a very good video Nick! I have to add to my prior post, recording the placement of the knife in the clamp with the adv. alignment guide is something that I’ve done from the start and glad I did. Repeatability is one of the major advantages of the WE.

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        Mark76
        Moderator

          Yup, indeed a very good video that not only explains things, but also gives practical advice. Looking forward to the advanced alighnment guide.

          Molecule Polishing: my blog about sharpening with the Wicked Edge
          Japanese Knife Reviews: my blog about Japanese kitchen knives

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          #40616

          cjb80202
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            Don’t push/press the stone against the blade; let the weight of the stone be all the pressure you need.

            In aviation it’s called trying to squeeze the black out of the stick; the tendency of new pilots to squeeze like hell. I had the same tendency in my early sharpenings – to really squeeze the stone and to grind the blade way too hard.

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