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    Best tape to cover a knife while sharpening

    The recent post about removing scratches on a Damascus knife got me thinking again if there was something better than traditional blue painters tape to cover a knife when sharpening. Is there a tape that works better? (Gaffers tape comes to mind (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaffer_tape) and I wonder if anyone has tried it - it cost about 4x as much as blue tape of course but it is a lot tougher - as tough as duct tape for example... ) Has anyone used gaffers tape or some other tape to cover their knives before sharpening??

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    the tape interferes with sharpening.

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    Gaffer's tape is very sticky, and not as gentle as blue painter's tape. It generally doesn't leave residue/marks, but it's more likely to than blue tape. I'm not sure how you'd use it on a blade while sharpening, though -- it's much thicker than blue tape (thicker than most duct tape, too). I don't use any tape on a blade while sharpening, but if I were to do so, gaffer's tape would probably be pretty frustrating.

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    The only problem I see is that if you never scratch your blade then you never learn how to fix it.
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    i've been sharpening for 30 years and Have very few if any scratches on the sides of my knife, unless I'm thinning never from sharpening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdipisReks View Post
    the tape interferes with sharpening.
    I was wondering why you say this: On my edge pro, I always use blue tape on the areas that are away from the edge just to keep the swarf from scratching more of the blade...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gic View Post
    I was wondering why you say this: On my edge pro, I always use blue tape on the areas that are away from the edge just to keep the swarf from scratching more of the blade...
    edge pro is to sharpening as training wheels are to motorcycle racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdipisReks View Post
    edge pro is to sharpening as training wheels are to motorcycle racing.
    one man gathers what another man spills...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by EdipisReks View Post
    the tape interferes with sharpening.
    I was wondering why you say this: On my edge pro, I always use blue tape on the areas that are away from the edge just to keep the swarf from scratching more of the blade...
    I can see you already are on the dark side

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