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    OK, so say you have an inexpensive antique store find, or even a cheap Wapi for that matter and want to put some file jimps on there for better grip. How would you do it?

    Aside form the fact that they are called file jimps, from my attempts at doing some other modifications to my blade, a file doesn't hardly scratch the surfce. That's some quality Sheffield steel in there!

    So- dremel cutting wheel to put the jimps in?
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    Buy a razor that already has jimps?

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    Ceramic files work well for this (so I've heard).
    A bandsaw/scrollsaw with metal blade could also be used.

    Both require a steady hand, preferable assisted with a jig so you get even spacing and depth.

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    I've messed up a couple of dead blades trying this with diamond bit files.
    +1 on a jig.

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    I just guessing here but I think the jimps might have been added before final heat reating when designed to be there.

    Personally I don't find any advantage to having jimps on a razor, and they trap dirt and moisture. I would prefer that my razors didn't have them.

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    I just finished cleaning up some jimps on this razor(they were badly corroded) with a diamond file.mind you this was just cleaning up ,and it took forever.I think you would be at it for a long while Regards Gary
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    I think I'll just leave well enough alone!

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    I would think that normally, the jimps are mostly done before hardening using something like a checkering file for the layout, then finishing with needle files or their equivalent in a profiled stone (or diamond coated needle file) after the steel is hardened. Profiled grinding wheels would be the way to go for production work....


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    Just a tip for cleaning them up next time around. Wire brush wheel on a dremel is a lot easier than using a file.

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    wire brush wont take out pitts from corrosion.It will make them look a little better,but not a first class job.Look at the picture I posted above,and you will see the pits are gone .Best Regards Gary

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    Good point Gary. If you are aiming for perfection, filing will definitely get you there.
    From my perspective, the dremel method will clean all of the rust out, which will make the pits very hard to see.

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