Turning Archive 2006

Subject:
edge retention

TDaniel
>I have followed the thread about the new tool companies offering blades that hold their edge longer. In my experience, those who are having problems with edge retention are sharpening to a keener edge than necessary and this results in an edge that won't last. If you can add just a few degrees to the angle that you are sharpening to, then the edge will last a lot longer. Another thing that will contribute to a longer lasting edge is keeping the gouge (or whatever) slicing instead of shearing. Keep making those "corkscrew curls" and your edge will last a lot longer. Save the big bucks and get a long lasting edge the easy way.
TD

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