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    Dear wise people of the Forge,

    I'm in the process of Grinding a razor, i want an absolute true wedge, mirror finish. you can imagine the look i'm going for? I got my profile made out of 1090 w1 steel... i can use a wet grinder, and other grinders but there all round. i was thinking the flat of a belt sander...? really stumped on this...i could take a few years and file it flat...

    I'd also like a suggestion about the shoulder style i should use in this case?(a picture would be nice )

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    Nathaniel.

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    You could use a belt or disk sander for the flats. I do no really think a file would be that bad. With a coarse double cut file and smooth mill file you could file the wedge shape in a weekend or less. You would also need a way to hold the blade, a vise or clamp it to a bench or table.

    If you have a true wedge, are you planning on using tape or honing the whole side?

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    Don't have a coarse file but i did use a single, fine cut file but it was slow. I did have to anneal the steel myself, and i dont think i got it as soft as i should have...

    i don't want to use tape, i understand using it on a wedge in bad condition. but in my opinion the wedge doesn't need a separate bevel set by tape. i just don't like the idea, i think it takes away from the characteristic of the wedge.

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    yeah using a tape seems like it would defeat the point of having a true wedge.
    plus this way you'll always have a perfect finish on the blade, even though you'd pay for it dearly at the hones.

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    I'm glad you feel the same as i, i've seen a lot of threads with people taping their wedges. i'm willing to put the time it at the hone. i love the singular, simple look of a wedge. plus if you use tape on a wedge for a long time it ruins them, wedges are simply not meant to be taped.

    I know i have a strong opinion about this, but i do understand how tape helps, actually in the case of a full hollow i think tape is often a good idea

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    anyone have a picture of your wedge shoulder style? love to get an idea how to do it...

    thanks

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    Just a thought, I have used the side of slow wet wheel grinders to get flat surfaces on an old wedge, to remove the knife sharpening ridges that they had.
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    About the idea of the file: my father is a tool and die maker. He make a boot-knife out of D2 using ONLY a file to profile the blade. Moral is, it can be done. If you anneal the steel properly and have a good coarse file, it shouldn't be that bad. I think that you could knock it out in a day or two.

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    Y'know I've got what I call wedges by Robert Williams, Joe Chandler, Wade & Butcher, Joseph Rodgers & Sons, Greaves & Sons ..... on and on and I've never seen one yet, current or vintage, that didn't have a certain amount of hollow to it. Enough so that the spine and edge are all that come in contact with the hones. Maybe that is what you're talking about ? The kind of wedge we used when I was an ironworker would be impractical as a shaving razor AFAIC. Otherwise they would've been made commercially but I've yet to see one.
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    That is one beautiful wedge you got there, you probably get bbs every time, except under the chin. your probably right that most vintage razors weren't true wedges. But i think i'll like to see if it works, if not the steel is still there if i want to hollow it out latter. i'll be going against the wisdom of all the straight razors makers past and present but hey i'm young i'm supposed to be stupid.

    Chuck Norris would shave with that wedge of yours, his beard would make that wedge sing, then chip into peaces.

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