If I were in the mood to try and see the hook on a scraper or the wire edge
on a plane blade as I sharpen it -- what would you suggest for the
appropriate magnification -- Would a Jeweler's Loupe (10x,15x or 20x) do the
To see that bur you might want the Microsoft digital microscope, as described
for sharpening by Brent Beach:
Brent's Sharpening Pages
http://www3.telus.net/BrentBeach/ (home page)
Alex - "newbie_neander" woodworker
Well of course it depends somewhat on your sharpening. 25 years ago I
could often see the hook by naked eye, now if I'm not wearing my 2.5
diopter reading glasses I couldn't read the name stamped on the blade.
On Tue, 31 Jan 2006 21:47:27 -0500, Sam The Cat opined:
I use a 5x General loupe from the the hardware store. It works for scraper
edges. LV has a nice, inexpensive set of three: 2x, 5x and 10x. You might
want to consider a pocket microscope, 30x or so. I don't find mine all
that useful in the wood shop, but YMMV.
"Keep your ass behind you"
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