The Way to Filing a Pen Blade
Because of its proportions, the pen blade is filed slightly differently than other sorts of blades. As the knife is more petite than customary blades, conventional electric filers do not always work. The instruction guides for electric filers should be refered to to find out if a more petite blade may be put into the sharpener. If you decide to make use of an electric filer, you will want to double check you do not break the blade, because the handgrip is mounted on a swivel. A pen blade is best filed with a stone and steel.
1. Reveal and slick the blade
One should begin with a quality lubricant on the blade edge. Reveal the blade; secure it in open position. With a cotton ball, apply a manufactured recommended lubricant on the blade edge. Find what angle will work for your needs by consulting with the manufacturer, or consult a professional knife sharpening store. If you don’t have this type of access, employ a 17 degree angle, for it is a good, safe number. Before placing the knife to the stone, grab the handle firmly.
3. Start filing
Drag the knife across the stone in the opposite way that you would like to use the knife. This usually would mean the knife is pushed away from you. Only one side once is filed.
4. Inspect for burrs
inspect for burrs by pressing your thumb down on the edge after the first side is complete. The edge needs to be filed again if you do not find any burrs. The burrs must be there. You will fix them during the polishing process.
5. file the opposite edge
turn the knife over and drag it across the stone in the same way. Each edge should be edged separately. do not fret over the point of the knife; if you file both sides at the same degree the point will develop on its own. As a reminder, inspect for burrs to determine that you are truly cutting into the knife and developing a sharper knife.
6. Employ a steel
In concluding pass the pen blade along a steel. The knife is polished and the burrs are cleaned off. This ultimate step is necessary for the knife as the burrs will snag on the covering of the pen blade, effectively unsharpening the knife more quickly than usual.
Practice makes perfect, like with each blade edging method. seek for assistance if necessary, and practice, practice, practice. By working thoroughly and gaining experience on some blades that are not as important to you prior to moving up to your most valuable pen blades, you can produce impressive, professional edges.