Great little product for the price. Really lets you get right in there and inspect your knife edge and assess the situation. People at work call me a nut for using a microscope on my knife,but none of theirs can slice through paper like tofu.
By: Norman To
this microscope has a little learning curve for me to get used to.
By: Rob Babcock
Man,if I could give this product 10 stars I would! No lie,I have 15 of them. Mine were purchased from Amazon years before Mark got them but I’m so glad he did! Now I have another source of them.
I literally don’t know how I’d sharpen without this scope. The true magnification is probably 30-ish; is seems like manufacturers of cheap scopes like t his just pull a number out of the air. But the optics are astonishingly clear,especially for the price. The real killer aspect of this is the LED light shining right where you need the it. Brilliant! You can easily see a burr and gauge the amount of polish you have. Do you use the "Sharpie trick"? This will allow you to see where you’re hitting with a level of precision that will increase your diagnostic power exponentially.
The downsides? It’s kinda cheap feeling. I’d gladly pay $50 for an identical version built like a SureFire or Streamlight.
As an FYI,I also keep one of these in my work knife case and at least one in every first aid kit. They’re amazing for digging out spinters or seeing debris in someones’ eye.
Seriously,if you don’t have one of these,YOU NEED ONE! This will revolutionize the way you think about your edges.
For judging edges I like the 60x Mini Microscope (which Mark sold me and might be the same as the 45x) more than my 20x Belomo or my 20x illuminated loupe. Tiny,easy to use,lights not too bright,good field of view.