View Full Version : Am I out of the loupe?

Von blewitt
12-19-2012, 07:02 AM
Hi guys
I have a little survey for you if you don't mind
First do you use a loupe/ magnification when sharpening?
Second are you satisfied with your sharpening results? ( whether or not you use a loupe)
I have never used one while sharpening, but am starting to think it will improve my results. Thanks for your time

12-19-2012, 07:06 AM
Never used one. Not that OCD.

12-19-2012, 07:31 AM
Never used one on knives as you pretty much go after burr formation, but use it often on razors :)

Pensacola Tiger
12-19-2012, 08:18 AM
If you are using a Magic Marker to see if you are getting to the edge, you almost have to use a loupe.

12-19-2012, 08:38 AM
If you are using a Magic Marker to see if you are getting to the edge, you almost have to use a loupe.
especially if you happen to have my eyes. I use a 8x magnification. If you want to give it a try, use a SLR standard lens (look thru the front lens).

12-19-2012, 08:40 AM
Never used one. Thought about it, but never have. Pretty happy with my sharpening anyways.

12-19-2012, 11:00 AM
I use an Optivisor 2X and 3.5X.

While not really necessary for sharpening, it can provide good feedback.

12-19-2012, 12:34 PM
I bought a cheap one to play around with, with no real intention of taking it too seriously and getting nuts about it. I didn't really find it terribly useful and don't even know where it is right now.

12-19-2012, 12:54 PM
Only occasionally, and only when I'm getting an unexpected result. Otherwise, what Maxim said. Am I satisfied with my sharpening results? I'll never be satisfied.

12-19-2012, 01:31 PM
I use one occasionally to look at scratch patterns and to see if maybe i missed a wire edge.

12-19-2012, 03:42 PM
ooops... missed the second question...

until I see a silk handkerchief gently fall on the edge I have just sharpened and be cut in half, I won't be satisfied :justkidding: but I do always feel there is room for improvement.