Benjamin DeCorsey

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  1. Basically the title. Wondering if folks here use a strop at the final stage of honing a knife edge, or if you go through the finest stone and leave it at that. I’d also be interested to hear any reasons you have pro/con stropping.
  2. Much better indeed! This is a huge improvement. Roger Hill has been telling you all the right moves. Next is for a few swipes on the 1500, alternating sides of the bevel. Watch for the scratch-mark pattern you make on the bevel. You're looking for an even stripe of smoother scratch marks at the edge and at the heel of the lovely hollow you've made in your knife. As soon as those stripes run the complete length of the edge on both sides of the bevel, move on to the 8000. It shouldn't take much. It's all about keeping that bevel flat against the stone as you move the blade into the stone, f
  3. I am curious if anyone here has either moved to a new country or travelled for an extended period of time and needed to relocate the contents of their shop. Obviously things like workbenches and bandsaws wouldn't be worth shipping, but what did you move with? What tools were easy to pack up and ship, and how did you do it? What about some smaller but heavier items like surface plates or bending irons? Any packing advice? What did you decide wasn't worth it and sold or left behind and replaced in the new country? What would you do differently if you were to do it again? I'm going to be re
  4. These look great. They appear to be as fast as the clothespin-style and far less clumsy to use. How much for a set?
  5. I use three different thicknesses of blue tempered spring steel shim stock from McMaster-Carr, .01", .015" and .02". For each different shape of scraper, I make one of each thickness. The .02" is a coarse, heavy, meat-eating scraper, particularly good for first passes on maple or removing lots of material. The .015" is an all-purpose, medium scraper, used 90% of the time. The .01" is a fine, finishing scraper, good for the final passes on maple and spruce and producing a perfectly smooth surface. Heres a link to the shim stock I bought: https://www.mcmaster.com/#shim-stock-sheets/=16rdr8y then