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#1 posted 11-28-2018 02:48 AM

Don’t give up Pyro. What takes time is SHAPING the blade. That is (to me) is getting the blade flat and to all of the right angles and up to taking the blade to “rough” sharpness, which is getting an edge to the point where the edge does NOT show light when viewed with a bright light (see my notes above). all of this is done with coarse stones. At this point you want to remove the “wire” edge (see above) and begin polishing the edge to razor sharpness with a series of finer stones and honing. Once properly shaped and sharpened, a quick hone will keep the edge sharp.

As to the eclipse jig, I have been using one with no problems. It is arranged to have a “tripod” base to allow the chisel edge to be parallel with the stone surface. What can throw you off is not having an EVEN pressure on the chisel edge while sharpening with the eclipse jig. Adjust your hand and finger position on the blade when sharpening and keep an eye on the bottom of the blade edge to make sure you are sharpening evenly. You will get the hang of it.

Sharpening is an “art” that is so basic to woodworking that it MUST be learned! Watch some YouTube “how to” videos on the subject. That is the most help you can get without a personal expert to teach you.

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