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Title: Using the LA-220 Leather Honing Wheel
Post by: dusmif on June 21, 2021, 11:14:34 am
Watching some YouTub videos how to use the LA-220 Leather Honing Wheel, it seems that there are 2 versions how to use it.
Either free hand or with the USB placed horizontal to the LA-220 Leather Honing Wheel, Those with more experience than me, which is the best, easy way to do it please?
Thanks.
Alf.
Title: Re: Using the LA-220 Leather Honing Wheel
Post by: micha on June 21, 2021, 12:40:48 pm
Hi Alf,

there's even a third way - freehand but with the USB flipped over, using that  just as a handrest. :)
I guess you saw angle controlled honing using a FVB+USB in the YT videos.

Quibbling: The "best and easy" way depends on your demands for the task. If you're after the last bit of sharpness, honing with the same angle (or slightly above, depending on the given steel) is probably mandatory. For your everyday carry axe ;) this may be way overdone.

For knives, I use any honing wheel with the FVB, once it's set up, there's not much fiddling around if the knives you sharpen have the same angle. I feel it's worth the additional effort.

Mike

Title: Re: Using the LA-220 Leather Honing Wheel
Post by: dusmif on June 21, 2021, 01:36:09 pm
Thank you You. Mike
Alf
Title: Re: Using the LA-220 Leather Honing Wheel
Post by: john.jcb on June 21, 2021, 06:16:34 pm
I use the USB,jig and FVB for all knife sharpening. I like the edge it puts on and I think it is sharper than I can consistently do freehand.
Title: Re: Using the LA-220 Leather Honing Wheel
Post by: Ken S on June 21, 2021, 06:31:12 pm
I've read many posts from users with problems with the leather honing wheel rounding over the edge. While I have no high expertise with hand held honing, I have watched Stig demonstrate it. Stig was not born with this skill; he developed it with much focused practice. This is a useful skill which can and should be developed, especially for anyone aspiring to high volume sharpening.

That stated, jig controlling the leather honing wheel in the right conditions is logical. The leather honing honing wheel has an unchanging diameter. I would use it with a kenjig, meaning that no set up changes would be necessary, assuming a consistent bevel angle. Even with changes it is fast enough for high precision, lower volume sharpening.

Both techniques can serve you well. I suggest learning both. Mike, I will investigate your idea; it sounds promising.

Ken
Title: Re: Using the LA-220 Leather Honing Wheel
Post by: cbwx34 on June 21, 2021, 08:30:32 pm
Watching some YouTub videos how to use the LA-220 Leather Honing Wheel, it seems that there are 2 versions how to use it.
Either free hand or with the USB placed horizontal to the LA-220 Leather Honing Wheel, Those with more experience than me, which is the best, easy way to do it please?
Thanks.
Alf.

As others stated, no best way... just a preference.  I freehand hone on the leather wheel... the way I learned it is to start at an angle low enough that you know you're below the edge, slowly increase the angle... and you'll hear, see, and feel when you're at the edge.  With a bit of practice, it's easy to do.

Title: Re: Using the LA-220 Leather Honing Wheel
Post by: dusmif on June 21, 2021, 09:24:17 pm
Thank You All.
Alf