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Pocket Knife Sharpening The Complete Guide
The Way to Filing a Pen Blade
Because of its proportions, the pen blade is sharpened slightly differently than other types of blades. As the knife is smaller than standard blades, typical electric sharpeners do not always work. The instruction guides for electric sharpeners should be read to see if a more petite blade may be put into the sharpener. If you decide to use an electric sharpener, you will want to double check you do not hurt the blade, because the handgrip is mounted on a swivel. The best method to sharpen a pen blade is using a stone and steel.
1. Open and slick the blade
One should begin with a quality lubricant on the blade edge. Open the blade; secure it in open position. Use a manufactured recommended lubricant on the blade edge by applying with a cotton ball. The blade should be moist but not dripping. If you donâ€™t have this kind of access, employ a 17 degree angle, for it is a good, safe number. Before placing the knife to the stone, grasp the handle firmly.
3. Begin sharpening
Drag the knife across the stone in the opposite way that you would like to use the knife. This usually would mean the knife is pushed away from you. Only one side once is sharpened.
4. Inspect for burrs
inspect for burrs by pressing your thumb down on the edge after the first side is complete. The knife needs to be sharpened again if you do not find any burrs. The burrs are supposed to be there. You will fix them during the polishing process.
5. file the opposite edge
turn the knife over and drag it across the stone in the same way. Each edge should be sharpened separately. do not worry over the point of the knife; if you sharpen both sides at the same degree
the point will develop on its own. As a reminder, inspect for burrs to determine that you are truly cutting into the knife and developing a sharper edge.
6. Use a steel
In concluding pass the pen blade along a steel. The blade is polished and the burrs are pulled off. This final step is important for the blade as the burrs will snag on the covering of the pen blade, effectively dulling the knife faster than usual. Practice makes perfect, like with each blade sharpening method. seek for assistance if necessary, and practice, practice, practice. You can create a impressive, professional edge on your blades if you work diligently and gain experience on some blades that are not as important to you prior to moving up to your best pen blades. References: http://www.bestknifesharpenerguide.org/