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Honing a Rapide Wedge
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OK all, I want to give my Rapide blade a new edge and was wondering if there were any tips I need to know. Ie. Do I hone with the stropping attachment  or just put tape on the spine?
Any help would be appreciated. 
Thanks,
Tony
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(09-24-2021, 08:43 PM)Tony'schin Wrote: OK all, I want to give my Rapide blade a new edge and was wondering if there were any tips I need to know. Ie. Do I hone with the stropping attachment  or just put tape on the spine?
Any help would be appreciated. 
Thanks,
Tony

Tony, I'm no help but assume you do the same as a Rolls Wedge. Tape on the spine and by hand is just my guess. Will be following this. 
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(09-24-2021, 08:49 PM)Dave in KY Wrote: Tony, I'm no help but assume you do the same as a Rolls Wedge. Tape on the spine and by hand is just my guess. Will be following this. 

Yeah, I was thinking I could do the same as the Rolls, just check the hone marks each couple of strokes against the old bevel, once matched off I go.
I only have one blade though so hope I don't wreck it.
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There are quite a few threads on the predecessor of this forum, e.g. this one here: https://theoriginalsafetytoo.proboards.c...and-expect

Generally speaking, when dealing with wedge blades, tape is very useful. And if you do not have a bayonet, yet, I would like to recommend that you find one first. As an aside, these should be trivial to 3d print, so maybe someone can make one?

Either way, here is a bayonet:
   

And be careful with the Heljestrand labelled blades on eBay and other fora. A friend of mine kindly bought the last good ones in Eskilstuna years ago (and, no, I have no spare ones any more because I sold them to members here at cost).

   

And yes, that Allegro is the easiest and fastest way to maintain a wedge. 
   

That said, once you've set the bevel, a balsa strop (or, rather, hone) can help you maintain a properly honed wedge blade for a very long time.
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(09-25-2021, 12:27 PM)RobinK Wrote: There are quite a few threads on the predecessor of this forum, e.g. this one here: https://theoriginalsafetytoo.proboards.c...and-expect

Generally speaking, when dealing with wedge blades, tape is very useful. And if you do not have a bayonet, yet, I would like to recommend that you find one first. As an aside, these should be trivial to 3d print, so maybe someone can make one?

Either way, here is a bayonet:


And be careful with the Heljestrand labelled blades on eBay and other fora. A friend of mine kindly bought the last good ones in Eskilstuna years ago (and, no, I have no spare ones any more because I sold them to members here at cost).



And yes, that Allegro is the easiest and fastest way to maintain a wedge. 


That said, once you've set the bevel, a balsa strop (or, rather, hone) can help you maintain a properly honed wedge blade for a very long time.

Thanks for your reply RobinK, i have the stropping bayonet for the rapide but was not sure if this would change the bevel angle. I will have a look at the threads posted when i get time.
The Rapide blade is working just fine at present.
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