Honing techniques?
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  Re: Honing techniques? by JSpill (I hone freehand usin...)
(07-21-2017, 12:12 AM)Derek Cohen Wrote: Derek, when a wire edge is forced to bend a sufficient number of times,  the metal "work hardens" to the point that it "breaks away" from the edge..You can demonstrate this by bending a paper clip to the point that it breaks..If the stropping continues after the wire edge is removed, the edge continues to be polished to whatever the grit size is in the material it is being stropped against.

Hi Jack

This is why it is important to work through grits sizes to the point where the wire edge is diminished in size and ready to "float away". The jump from 1000 to 12000, which is common for some, may be an issue here, unless the wire is not permitted to grow large in the first place.

Any time the wire is allowed to "break off", there will be a ragged edge, and smoothing that will simply give you a polished ragged edge.

Stropping will remove a wire, but stropping is just a part of the process and should not be relied upon to leave a smooth edge. Watching the wire does that. A fine wire at the end does that.

Regards from Perth

Derek
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Hi Derek....I think we are using different words to say the same thing. Crazy Big Grin

"If the stropping continues after the wire edge is removed, the edge continues to be polished to whatever the grit size is in the material it is being stropped against"
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