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  1. Update: After removing the bevel from the knife the skiver is behaving much more like the videos I see online. Thanks again to everyone for all the help!
  2. I'm curious if anyone has advice related to a replacement blade. One one site see 3 different blades ranging in price from $35 to $65. And those are all made in italy. Is there any difference in the steel, the edge, the cut, etc. between a Fortuna blade, a Fratelli blade, and any of the other choices out there on the market? If there is a "best" blade, which one, and why? PS. I started grinding yesterday. Did a fairly aggressive grind every time I could take a break from work. Managed to get through about 1/2 of the depth of the bevel so I'm hoping that I'll be done with this experiment by the end of the weekend after all.
  3. RockyAussie - that is exactly what I needed to know and seems to be the problem that I am having! Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions. Some updates based on things that have been said: I bought the machine used and the inner bevel was something that I noticed only when I was having trouble getting it to work consistently. mike02130, I did NOT create the bevel with the dressing tool :-) I'd guess that the previous owner had the emery wheel in there too high and it ground out the bevel I don't think it's possible to reverse the blade - it's a single pice and the non-cutting side is where the bolt holes are to attach it The blade is pretty short so I think that I'll buy a new blade AND try grinding this one down while I wait for it to get here I'll be very careful with the heat and take the time to grind it slowly in stages Good advice on blunting the blade - thanks Cumberland Highpower! It might take a week or so till I can get to it (since this is only a Weekend Hobby :-) but I'll report back when I'm done. Really appreciate all the help!
  4. Hoping that someone out there will have some advice for me! I recently purchased a Fortuna Simplex and have been working to learn how to use it. I'm having a hard time getting consistency. It has a tendency to do OK then, suddenly, take a much deeper cut. I've read in the manual that the inside bevel on the bell knife is supposed to be "minimal" and I appear to have an inside bevel that is almost as strong as the exterior bevel and I can't figure out why there is even a bevel there at all as I am demurring with the stone and not letting my emory wheel touch the knife at all. The photo is not all that I hoped for but it's hard to get a picture in there! Any experience that anyone can share would really be appreciated. Tom
  5. any chance you have a service manual that goes with that? I'm trying to rebuild one right now and it would be nice to have some direction :-)
  6. There is also a great walk-through video on Youtube that covers most of the normal things you'd want to do on a 206
  7. Colt - thanks for the offer to take some photos of the wick placement in the top of a Consew 206 - hoping this reminder will spur you to action!

  8. Thanks Greg - I appreciate your help. What this doesn't help me understand is how to situate the wick in relationship to the moving parts inside the machine. Really hoping that someone stumbles across the post and can take a picture.
  9. I'm very appreciative for your taking the time to do this - I can get the sizes and everything from the cutting mat - great idea! Thanks! Tom
  10. I'm later to respond - but I'd really appreciate your help! Thanks
  11. Hi - I'm hoping that someone with a Consew 206 would be willing to photograph the wick in the top of their machine to help me with the installation of a new one. My 206 RB-2 was acting a little odd and I realized that the wick at the top of the machine was in pretty bad shape. The machine runs great if I open up the top and oil it but the wick needs to be replaced. I know where to buy the wick but I can't find a threading diagram anywhere so I don't know where to put the new wick when I install it. I'd really appreciate any help that you can offer. Thanks!
  12. This looks really nice - I like the way you've approached the problem. Any chance you would be willing to share your pattern?
  13. Thanks Wiz - I don't know why I did not think to look at the parts diagram for a better understanding of the components. Lesson learned!
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