03-11-2016, 08:12 PM
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Can somebody guide me besides using a Jeweler's loupe what is the best microscope to use to see the edge for honing. Would it be a stereo microscope a USB microscope or just a lighted Jeweler's loupe. I really want to see the edge extremely well. If someone recommends a USB microscope I would need a compatible for a Mac.. also how much magnification would be necessary. Thank you everybody for your help.


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 03-12-2016, 04:18 AM
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I had entertained getting one awhile back when I first started honing and although it would be cool to have I think a good loupe is all you need, I currently use a Belomo 10X and find it fits my need pefectly to see chips and nicks and even with a 10X to can see scratch patterns by alternating your last few strokes. YMMV

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 03-12-2016, 09:06 AM
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  • greyhawk
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(03-11-2016, 08:12 PM)rawfox1 Wrote: Can somebody guide me besides using a Jeweler's loupe what is the best microscope to use to see the edge for honing. Would it be a stereo microscope a USB microscope or just a lighted Jeweler's loupe. I really want to see the edge extremely well. If someone recommends a USB microscope I would need a compatible for a Mac.. also how much magnification would be necessary. Thank you everybody for your help.

I have one similar to this (and have seen them recommended by others as well):
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000P8AUMU/

Pretty cheap but effective.

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 03-12-2016, 09:49 AM
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I dunno if a microscope is a good idea or not if you are a novice to honing. With the magnification microscopes offer they can turn what looks like and likely is a good edge under the magnification offered by a jeweler's loupe into what appears to be a cringe worthy edge. I think you could wind up driving yourself crazy trying to get a perfect edge under the very high magnification offered by microscopes.

Microscopes may be of value to veteran honers who know how to properly interpret what they are seeing under such high magnification.

Bob

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 03-12-2016, 11:08 AM
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 03-12-2016, 02:04 PM
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(03-12-2016, 11:08 AM)Jamie Mahoney Wrote: I use a triplex Belomo loupe x10.

http://www.theloupestore.co.uk/Magnifier...Loupe.html

Jamie,

That is the exact same one I use and it's perfect.

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 03-12-2016, 03:32 PM
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Dittos on a loupe being all that is required. Get the light right and what you need to see jumps out at you.

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 03-12-2016, 03:55 PM
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Thanks everybody for all your help which greatly appreciated

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 03-12-2016, 05:50 PM
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(03-12-2016, 11:08 AM)Jamie Mahoney Wrote: I use a triplex Belomo loupe x10.

http://www.theloupestore.co.uk/Magnifier...Loupe.html

Thanks, Jamie. I haven't been very happy with my inexpensive loupe, and have been wanting a better one. I just placed my order.

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 12-05-2016, 11:50 PM
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(03-12-2016, 04:18 AM)Panther308 Wrote: I had entertained getting one awhile back when I first started honing and although it would be cool to have I think a good loupe is all you need, I currently use a Belomo 10X and find it fits my need pefectly to see chips and nicks and even with a 10X to can see scratch patterns by alternating your last few strokes. YMMV

Okay give me sometime I will ask my friend he also deals in same

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 12-06-2016, 04:31 AM
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(12-05-2016, 11:50 PM)macbateman Wrote:
(03-12-2016, 04:18 AM)Panther308 Wrote: I had entertained getting one awhile back when I first started honing and although it would be cool to have I think a good loupe is all you need, I currently use a Belomo 10X and find it fits my need pefectly to see chips and nicks and even with a 10X to can see scratch patterns by alternating your last few strokes. YMMV

Okay give me sometime I will ask my friend he also deals in same

If you do you regular honing on each progression then on the last few strokes do an X pattern when going to the next stone and doing regular strokes and check as you go, under good light with a 10X you should be able to see the scratch pattern change from those scratches at a 45 deg angle dissappear and you know your good to go.

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 12-06-2016, 05:05 AM
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I got this one.

Carson eFlex 75x or 300x Power LED Lighted USB Digital Microscope with Flexible Stand and Base (MM-840)


$37 on Amazon and it is Mac compatible.  Works great and easy to use.

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