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#1 posted 09-02-2016 08:47 PM

I don t know what a burr looks or feels like. I know I m supposed to have one when I sharpen, though. My eyesight is really bad, so I ll probably have to rely on feel more than anything.

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Even when your eyesight is good, you rely on feel. The burr is where a tiny part of the metal from the tip of the chisel curls back over the other side and is a sign you’ve sharpened right to the cutting edge. So if you are sharpening the bevel, run a fingernail on the back from just above the edge down to the edge. If there is a burr, the fingernail will catch just a bit. If the fingernail slides off the edge without catching, you don’t have a burr yet.

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