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Posted on When to apply back bevel on plane iron?

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#1 posted 11-01-2018 03:37 PM

I think what Ian said is the rub – once you flatten and polish the back once. The ruler trick eliminates the need to polish the back ever. Get it flat, that critical, but no need to go to particularly high grits to polish it.

I believe (it’s been a while since I viewed the videos) Charlesworth flattens the backs to either 1000 or 4000 and stops. He doesn’t polish to a mirror finish.

Using the ruler trick allow you to polish just the leading edge to a high polish (say 8000.) You just do it each time you sharpen, rather than once in the beginning.

Either way works.

-- John

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