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Posted on When to apply back bevel on plane iron?

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#1 posted 11-01-2018 08:52 PM

Why are you doing a primary and secondary bevel on the same stone? I’ll assume by secondary bevel you mean a microbevel, which I think that jig has an adjust to change the bevel angle by a degree or two for that purpose. Once you move to the secondary, stay there, no need to do both at each grit.

Agree with others that you are really talking about the ruler trick and not a back bevel. I use it on every iron – too many times I thought I had flattened the back only to find it was not truly flat. Only the highest grit that you take the bevel side to, unless you had to do some heavy grinding on the bevel to change angles or remove a nick. Heavy material removal can create quite a burr that needs to be removed before proceeding. I do this with the blade flat, not lifted. Also, for smoother plane blades that you want surgically sharp, stroke the bevel again lightly.

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