Hand Tools Archive

Re: studying edge failure...somewhat obscure

David Weaver
Hi Wiley- I believe it's more than 2 degrees more but have no easy way to measure accurately. It could probably be imitated with a small flat bevel with some experimentation, though.

I like the buff because it doesn't concentrate on a point or small area, and because I'm used to it.

Too much of it, though, and the edge just becomes blunt.

As far as cap irons, since they have a pain in the rear soft composition that makes for a persistent wire edge, I've used this buffer to finish the top edge on each new cap iron. It leaves the leading edge buffed with no wire edge at all.

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