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"Steeling" a knife blade

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    wickededge
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    Here is another very good blog post by Todd about using a steel on your knives: https://scienceofsharp.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/what-does-steeling-do-part-1/

    -Clay

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    MarcH
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    There’s a lot of good information available , although, some is quite technical, by subscribing to this “Science of Sharp” Forum/Blog.

    Marc
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    Dwight Glass
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    I used 1/8″ Diameter round Tungsten Carbide a little less than 5 and 1/2″ long. A Hot Glue Gun to hold the rods in blank Wicked Edge paddles.

    the same angle as the stones, right after the strops.

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    Organic
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    Do you find that this improves your edge compared to how it performed after the strops?

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    Dwight Glass
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    yes

    I was taught in my youth that a “sharpening steel” sharpens a knife in a different way than “sharpening stones”.

    if you look down at a knife that had just been sharpened with stones with a microscope the edge would look straight.

    then looking at the same knife after using the “steel” under the microscope instead of the edge looking straight it will have a wiggle to it.

    at that time I did not have access to a microscope, but the theory seemed to work.

    I see sharpening with a “steel” as working with a different principle than sharpening with “sharpening stones”.

     

     

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