- 6 Apr 2009
- Reaction score
- S.W. France- Chateauponsac 87290
Now this is the frustrating thing about sharpening because 'I think' I'm doing all of the above correctly but obviously if I'm not getting the results I want then I can't be. My procedure is - start on the 1000 grit trend diamond stone with very little pressure (I had a lesson with the chap who makes these stones and one of the members here, Mr. King. This was at the Harrogate show.), if I don't get a burr I move to the 300 grit diamond. When I have a burr (or sometimes when I've been at it for far too long and still haven't got a burr, especially with the Lie Nielsen A2 blades) I move on to the water stones through the grits and finish with a strop, leather and oxide. I use a veritas honing guide for all of these operations and the ruler method for the backs. I almost always have a micro/secondary bevel, and just recently tried a back bevel on a couple of blades and found a bit of improvement with them. Don't get me wrong my blades aren't blunt but not sharp enough to say get a fine finish on a table top.