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#1 posted 02-02-2017 03:54 AM

What Fridge said. There’s about 5,000 different methods that all basically get you to the same place. Choose the one you like best.

This is what works for me. I do the initial bevels on a WorkSharp 3000 with diamond plates from 120 up to 400 grit, then higher grit wet/dry sandpaper on glass discs. I use a Paul Sellers-style freehand convex bevel after establishing the initial bevel. I feel it helps keep the edge from fracturing, but others like hollow grinds, and that’s fine too. After 2000 grit, I strop with green compound on a leather wheel.

To touch up, I freehand the convex bevel on a granite tile with 1000 and 2000 grit wet/dry paper if necessary, then strop.

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