Fixing a skewed blade

  • 28 Oct 2017 12:43 AM
    Message # 5402562
    Anonymous

    Looking for advice on how to fix a blade that is skewed from bad form when sharpening. I have a nasty habit of skewing my blades when free-hand sharpening. Anyone have any tips or techniques for getting the blade square again?

    Thanks


    Bob


    Last modified: 28 Oct 2017 12:44 AM | Anonymous
  • 29 Oct 2017 4:17 AM
    Reply # 5427518 on 5402562

    Any good quality honing guide that holds the blade square should help you true the blade again.

  • 14 Nov 2017 10:12 AM
    Reply # 5585523 on 5402562

    Seems you are putting more pressure on one side of the blade than the other when sharpening. Be mindful of that. You can take your square and a sharpie, mark a square line on the back of the blade. Go to the grinder, and tilt the blade slightly to the heavy side. Be really light handed on the grinder, take your time, and don’t let the blade get hot. You should be able to clean it up pretty well. Just be really light handed. The blade should just barely be touching the wheel. Don’t worry about the angle too much. Just somewhere around 25 degrees will be fine. If you don’t have a grinder, then get a fat block of wood, cut it like a wedge to 25degrees. Squeeze the blade to your wood block and use that on your coursest stone to get it back square again and go from there. If you are going to use a honing guide, then get one with the wheels on the outside of the blade. We already know that you skew the edge. If you use the one with one wheel in the middle, it will still be prone to skew. Remember to not use too much pressure even when freehand sharpening. Just enough pressure to crush a grape. Your stones will cut with very little pressure.

  • 15 Nov 2017 10:30 AM
    Reply # 5587224 on 5402562
    Anonymous

    Thank you, gentlemen, useful information provided. 

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