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#1 posted 12-27-2017 12:53 AM

I don’t think the factory edge is ready for use on new blades. I have a Tormek with the planer/jointer attachment and sharpen and hone even new blades.

To use a jig like the one I posted a photo of, you’ll need a flat surface and wet/dry paper. You can get a 1/2” glass plate for the surface and some 600 and maybe 1500 or 2000 grit wet or dry paper. Use a spray bottle and spritz the glass so the paper will stick to it, then spray the paper and grind away. A sharpie is useful to gauge your progress. Use the sharpie to color the flat of the blade so you can see how flat you’re getting it. Once the ink is completely gone, the faces are flat and you should have sharp blades. You can remove the burr by rubbing the backs of the blades on the finest paper you used while it’s still on the glass plate.

Finally, honing on a leather strip with compound will get it razor sharp, but don’t sweat it if you don’t want to bother. It’s easy on the Tormek, so I do it.

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