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Half X-Strokes on a smiling blade


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If it's a slight smile I target a third at a time, that is place my finger on the heel, middle, and then toe, I do a rolling X for regular strokes
If it's a proper smiler I tend to do a rolling half stroke instead, as I don't feel the third at a time method is quite up to it for me

Ralfson (Dr)


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I use both techniques. One of the advantages of "halfstrokes" over circles is that they allow a rolling curve, just like the rolling X-stroke.
A halfstroke is merely half of an X-stroke and one can translate every existing X-stroke variation to its halfstroke counterpart.

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Being fond of smiles, I do a fair amount of both strokes. My 1/2 strokes are slower so I can see that the water wave is riding at the tip and toe during that part of the stroke. The most difficult part has been to keep the 'role' part even enough so that a section isn't skipped over too fast. If the edge tests are spotty, I'll use circles in the underperforming sections to bring it up the the keenness of the better sections.


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Yes, I believe he meant "the rolling part of the stroke", or, if you wish, the "rocking" motion.


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Danke. I still struggle with being consistent on my rolling X, so I will probably be lazy and do the Unicot for all smilers to minimize the number of strokes i'm doing.


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I had one W&B wedge that I could not get the first 3/8" of the blade to bear against the stone until I added a 1/2" long layer of tape to the front of the spine.