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How to Sharpen a "Low Angle Blade"?

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Hello,

   Recently saw a vid on YouTube that made reference to using a “Peter Main low angle blade” to make swivel knife cuts more shallow in nature than is customary, the point of which is to improve the appearance of the beveled line by not revealing the core of the leather.  To my admittedly inexperienced mind this sounds like a reasonable concept worth striving for.

   Have searched this site under multiple forum headings and could only pull out x2 pieces of info.  1) that apparently this blade was originally designed to be used on lighter leathers, and 2) can’t find much by way of “Peter Main” posts or references after 2008.

    Wondering if it is possible to finesse a common swivel knife blade into the “low angle format”, and if there is anyone on this board that might have any info on how that might be done.  Of particular use would probably be the angle at which the blade is to be sharpened (as opposed to the more usual store bought angle), assuming that thereafter one might be required to experiment with the actual shape of the blade.

   Any guidance, info, or opinions would be appreciated.    Thank you.  Fare well, db

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I am betting good money, @immiketoo will have an opinion on this. I don't think there's much to do with carving, he has not thought about, tried and/or perfected! 

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22 hours ago, dogboy said:

Hello,

 

   Recently saw a vid on YouTube that made reference to using a “Peter Main low angle blade” to make swivel knife cuts more shallow in nature than is customary, the point of which is to improve the appearance of the beveled line by not revealing the core of the leather.  To my admittedly inexperienced mind this sounds like a reasonable concept worth striving for.

 

   Have searched this site under multiple forum headings and could only pull out x2 pieces of info.  1) that apparently this blade was originally designed to be used on lighter leathers, and 2) can’t find much by way of “Peter Main” posts or references after 2008.

 

    Wondering if it is possible to finesse a common swivel knife blade into the “low angle format”, and if there is anyone on this board that might have any info on how that might be done.  Of particular use would probably be the angle at which the blade is to be sharpened (as opposed to the more usual store bought angle), assuming that thereafter one might be required to experiment with the actual shape of the blade.

 

   Any guidance, info, or opinions would be appreciated.    Thank you.  Fare well, db

 

 

6 hours ago, Rockoboy said:

I am betting good money, @immiketoo will have an opinion on this. I don't think there's much to do with carving, he has not thought about, tried and/or perfected! 

That was probably my video about the low angle blade.  As to the exact geometry of the blade, I don’t know what it is, but the angle of attack, is very low.  It almost looks like a straight blade from the side.  The grind of the edge is also very wide compared to other blades, think wide low roof as opposed to steep church steeple angles.  

Another thing to consider is the thickness of the blade as that will also have great impact.  These blades are narrower than your standard blade and that’s part of what gives it its feel in the leather.

honestly, you could just message Peter and buy one for 40 bucks.  Having never seen one, you’d just be guessing at the angles etc.  your call though.  Let me know if you need help ordering as Peter is a friend of mine and can be busy much of the time.

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Peter is on quite a few leather pages and comment quite often. You might be able to contact him through Facebook also.

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Hello,

   Thank you all for the info.  My thought was that perhaps Mr Main had left the fold so to speak since when I searched did not find anything that appeared to have been posted directly by Him after 2008.  Most references thereafter were of a more oblique nature.  Will attempt to contact directly to purchase a blade.  Fare well, db

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Definitely learning a lot from here. Thanks for the tips!

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By the way, newbie here as well. Aside from being a leatherwork enthusiast, I'm also a critter-lovin' guy. I live with my Pomeranian, Tom. Whenever I'm outdoors, I usually walk my dog in the park, though as a precaution, I'd fit him with one of those dog shock collars, as he tends to wander off most of the time. So, that's me. Have a nice day, everyone!

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