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    Honing/fixing a bent blade (not warped)

    It's always a good thing to have more "tools" in the toolbox.... Knowing which ones are best to use in specific situations comes with time and experience. And there are absolutely times when the best solution/tool for one fellow may not be the best solution for another.
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    Honing/fixing a bent blade (not warped)

    You won't get good results with a heat gun. A torch is necessary, especially on such a small part. You need to get the heat in FAST, then cool the part down quickly before it spreads. If you heat with a heat gun the heat will spread nearly as fast as the part heats up, and you won't get the...
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    What about metal being taken off the spine when honing?

    Slurry can ride up a bevel or spine and scratch in places you might not expect it to, especially with coarser stones/hones. Gold plating is exceedingly thin.
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    Honing/fixing a bent blade (not warped)

    It will probably break if you move it very far at all. The trouble with trying to straighten hardened steel cold by bending is that hardening the steel raises the necessary deformation of the object before it will yield. So in other words, if you had an unhardened steel bar and a heat treated...
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    Honing/fixing a bent blade (not warped)

    These razors are not actually bent; that would imply that they were straight at one time and were forced into a crooked shape. These qualify as either warped or ground crooked to begin with. If the steel is fully hardened it will be very difficult to cold bend much without breaking it. The best...
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    What about metal being taken off the spine when honing?

    There seem to be lots of arguments about this subject and strong feelings on both sides. I think it's mostly academic, as there are relatively few fellows here who will wear out even a single razor or even hone enough on one single razor to make any significant difference in the included angle...
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    Microscope Images Thread

    Did a little more experimentation with the DIC. Now I can see the scratches in the Feather blade. And check out this image of that damaged spot now! :thumbsup:
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    Microscope Images Thread

    Another interesting development. A fellow I met years ago through another message board (not a razor guy) lent me some DIC prisms he doesn't use any more to play with. These are for bringing out contrast in low contrast subjects. Thought it might be interesting to try on a razor. So here's a...
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    Microscope Images Thread

    Yep, agreed. It would probably take an awfully long time to straighten that out with the fine side. I am going to give it a little more work on the fine side just to watch how it develops, and if it's not making any decent progress I will probably do just that.
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    Microscope Images Thread

    Quick first kiss on the Frictionite. Did 10 laps on the coarse side and 10 on the fine so far. Tried a little oblique lighting, looks pretty decent.
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    Microscope Images Thread

    Had a shave with that slurried SG20k edge yesterday. As usual, meh. Might try a Frictionite 00 edge next.
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    Microscope Images Thread

    Ha! It was actually a sample slide that an eBay seller sent free with a purchase, so don't worry, you should be safe... :biggrin:
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    Microscope Images Thread

    Polarized light, crystallized acetaminophen, 50x optical. Neat stuff. And here's what it looks like without the polarized light. Brightfield, 50x.
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    Microscope Images Thread

    The dark spots are something in the abrasive or glue as far as I know. Those are both unused pieces.
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    Microscope Images Thread

    Yep, something like that. It's got 2.5x, 3.3x, 4.0x and 5.0x boost lenses. Those can be placed into the optical path to boost magnification. It also has another lens that can only be placed in or out that further boosts by something like 3.3x. the booster lenses don't seem to increase...
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