Pretty new here still and I'm trying to soak up as much information as I can. I've been working on my BK16 recently and I've gotten it hair popping sharp with shallow convex grind (maybe 10-15 degrees a side) using sandpaper, a mousepad, and a strope I made out of leather from a local shoe repair shop (guy gave me some compound for it too!)
I've been watching some videos online to improve my techniques and I found this one.
When I look up edge geometry, I find a lot of basic information but not many specifics. From what I've been reading, and correct me if I'm wrong, a more shallow grind will slice better, but will also retain an edge for a shorter time?
I plan on using my BK16 for bushcraft and food prep, not too much batoning (I have a hatchet for that). Have I made my edge to shallow?
What would be the best angle for general wood work? Is there a "best" angle?
For future reference, how can I figure out the "best" angle for a given knife? Is it based on the slope of the blade face? The thickness of the blade right before the edge? Or is the angle based only on the work I plan to do with the knife?
BTW: still loving the BK16 and can't wait to take it camping in the next couple months (one it cools down a bit... not trying to fry).
PS: My left arm and legs are missing large patches of hair. It looks like I have leprosy now.