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In Reply to: Re: Sharpening knifes posted by Shingleman on October 14, 2012 at 18:52:20:
With practice, using edge-trailing strokes, you can actually "feel" when you're honing on the knife's edge.
To begin getting a feel for it, lay your knife flat on it's side while looking directly at the edge. Begin rotating the back of the knife up off the strop until you see the shadow between the knife's edge and the strop disappear. That's the angle you want to keep.
You can also darken the edge of your knife with a sharpie marker and then make a few strokes. Look to see where you've removed the marker and adjust your angle accordingly.
With a little practice, it's actually very easy to maintain the same angle.
Also, honing with diamond paste like above, only removes metal at a microscopic level, so maintaining the exact angle with each stroke is not nearly as important. A knife must already be sharp enough to at least begin to shave before using a charged strop or else this ultra fine grit level (30,000+) will never get you there. But it can take a shaving-sharp knife and make it sing!
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