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    H1 Sharpening

    I am looking for the best edge on a PE H1. I have a standard Sharpmaker (with brown and white stones)... would a rougher edge (softer steel) be better or should I stick with the white stones.

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    anyone??? help??

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    I sharpen my H1 Ladybug on my Sharpmaker using both sets of stones and I get good results.
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    I see no reason not to sharpen right to a polished edge, or at least UF stones. If you feel hardness is a problem look to edge angle. Something less acute. The boutique steels can support crazy angles. They my not be good H1. I use 30' 40' micro bevel. It works.

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    In my opinion it depends on how you plan to use the knife. With your setup, I would back bevel at 30' and then maintain a "big" micro bevel at 40' for a general EDC blade that I would carry and use often.
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    H1 like any grit edge you give it. It's takes a Very high polish with a hair wittling edge down to and 220 grit edge.

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    What are you cutting, and how are you cutting it - straight push, or more of a slice/draw cut.

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    i almost never push cut anything i am just wondering if i leave a rougher edge will it hold longer? are there any carbides that effect performance in H1

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    If you are slicing abrasive material then yes, generally a lower grit finish will have longer edge retention. H1 has only a very small amount of carbon and part of it would be in the steel itself, I would not expect a large carbide volume and it certainly doesn't behave like it in sharpening or how it wears.

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    Depending on use, I usually sharpen my dragonfly salt once every two weeks using the 40' and ultra fine rods. Doesn't take much time and found it works best for me.

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