Craig that is awesome thank you so much. If you don’t mind taking a few more pics I won’t complain. I’m gunna make like 10 mild steel practice blades and practice my grinding blades and swedges. You always do yours on the contact wheel correct?I grind them after the blade is finished and sanded to 600-800 grit. The blade shape dictates how I hold it. A spear or wharncliff shape I grind like starting the edge just tapering to disappear at the tip. A clip point I hold tip down and check the best angle with the grinder off. Start grinding at the rear of the swedge and roll the tip slowly into the wheel so the swedge gets thinner and disappears at the tip. It helps to use a tool rest to rest the blade or your hands on. Use water on your belt, if you can, to help keep it cool. I start with a 220 grit and finish between 400 and 800 depending on how the grinding is going that day. I can take a couple more photos for you if it will help.
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thanks for the tip, that’s be easier than eyeballinI don't do slipjoints, but in general one other thing that I do is to coat the blade in blue dykem, and scribe a center line along the spine, and use a set of calipers to scribe a guideline on the flats as a reference line. Makes it easier to get your grinds symmetrical.
Thank you! I’m gunna think about this ineI don't do folders but maybe this will help. I use a piece of metal that has a slight curve about as much as an oil drum resting on my platen,the curve is side to side. I like it because it doesn't dig in on the edges. Maybe you could try vertically on your wheel or tilt your grinder.