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  • #51067
    Lay
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    I had this grit numbers flaking off issue after only 5 sharpening sessions. Today I added some clear coat on top of the flat areas where the numbers are. Hopefully they stay a bit longer now.

    #51071
    Brewbear
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    But, if that happens with a few months of purchase, there is certainly a flaw in the manufacturing process.

    There was a batch of handles that had foil stamping that came off too easily/quickly. We discovered it and let the vendor know and they were able to correct it in the next batch and we haven’t seen the issue pop up since.

    I must’ve been one of the “lucky” ones that got the foil lettered handles. The lettering started wearing off at some point so I just printed some small labels, problem solved. Would I want new paddles? Nahh, I’m happy with the ones I have.

    #51072
    Brewbear
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    Just to be clear, all my WE gear came directly from Wicked Edge.

    #51074
    airscapes
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    Mine are all coming off.. Diamond stone and Strops.. Strops were purchased from WE separately from the WE 120.   As was the 1500/glass

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    #51099
    +ULFBERHT+
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    My WE gear came directly from Wicked Edge. The lettering came off in the first week. Time for some quality control on this known issue.

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    #51101
    rummels
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    I used this roller ball pen to replace the numbers.  I have found the oil-based paint that it uses to be resistant to various solvents, but it can be scratched off.  However, it is tougher than the original numbering.  I used the Extra Fine point version.

    https://www.amazon.com/Sharpie-Oil-Based-Paint-Marker-Extra/dp/B00WL2NDJU/ref=asc_df_B00WL2NDJU/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167126628218&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5805931635457215622&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9018952&hvtargid=pla-313567059590&psc=1

    These pens are also available at craft and fabric stores.

    rummels

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    #51115
    Expidia
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    Thanks.  I just ordered their 3 pack for $9.85 from your Amazon link.  The black marker I was using before already wore off!

    #51116
    Expidia
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    Thanks for the clear coat tip.  The magic marker type sharpie I tried putting in the numbered groves I made from my Dremmel wore quickly off too.  I’ll try the clear coat trick.  I do have clear coat touch up bottles which came in both my SUV chip touch up kits, but those kits are ridiculously expensive and with very little product inside.

    I’ll first try  clear nail polish which is cheap.  I would have gladly sent “all” my paddle sets back to WE for replacement, but I was not about to break in a brand new set all over again as for me it takes a minium of 10-30 knives for stone break in.

    I just ordered another set of 100/200 which seem to have worn out faster than the other grits since those are the ones that I use the longest when re-profiling and raising burrs on my premium steel folders.  I can raise a burr quickly on my kitchen knives, but S90V and higher is a bitch on that initial re-profile!

    WE should have offered to send plastic coated stick on foil label numbered sets for those of us who have the numbers quickly wearing off to correct their manaufacturer’s defective paddle runs.  These paddles sets are not cheap!

    I have one of those label makers too.   If the paint stick followed by clear coat does not work I might try ordering a roll off metal foil labeling stock and then clear coat the finished label.

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    #51142
    Lay
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    Today I got my new 1500/2200 and 3000/Glass  -stones directly from Wicked Edge. Tried to put some clear coat on top of the 1500/2200 numbers but it did not work with these. The clear coat dissolved the numbers. Just a warning. It did work with the older stones that came with my Gen 3 Pro.

    Time to pull out my label printer.

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    #51208
    wickededge
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    I’d like to discover how wide spread this issue is. All those with lettering that is coming off, please say so on this thread.

    -Clay

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    #51209
    MarcH
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    I have a full set of the newer style, bi-colored ABS handles with some numbers beginning to wear off, and some numbers partially worn off.  I don’t consider it much of an issue.  Things wear when used.

    Marc
    (MarcH's Rack-It)

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    #51210
    Brewbear
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    I’d like to discover how wide spread this issue is. All those with lettering that is coming off, please say so on this thread.

    I guess all the people already on this thread could be counted in. I don’t see it as a major problem, but others might.

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    #51211
    Dale
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    Mine wore off.  I printed labels on a p-touch and actually like the better visibility the p-touch labels offer.  Clear tape with black numbers.

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    #51212
    airscapes
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    they wear off.. its paint/ink on plastic. Plastic does not hold paint/ink very well so no real surprise.

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    #51213
    rummels
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    I think it would be safe to assume that there are folks who don’t participate in the forum, or who are unaware of this thread, who have had problems with the grit numbers on their paddles.
    rummels

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