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Posted on When to apply back bevel on plane iron?

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#1 posted 11-01-2018 01:32 PM

The ruler trick isn’t intended to apply a back bevel to the blade. It does, but only a tiny amount.

The reason to use the ruler trick is to reduce the amount of time you spend getting a final polish on the back of the blade. Assuming your back is flat, and it should be, tipping the blade up slightly allows you to take a couple of passes on the back of the blade, on your finest stone, to get that final honed edge. You should just be able to see a very fine line of polished edge all the way across the blade after using the ruler trick. You’re not looking for much.

There is no need, or benefit, to doing it with multiple grits.

Without the ruler trick you could spend a lot of time getting the back polished after each honing of the bevel.

At least this is what I understood from the Charlesworth DVD’s from LN.

-- John

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