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Jeweler's Loupe

Discussion in 'Sharpening Stuff -- Stones, Strops, and Systems' started by dplafoll, May 20, 2016.

  1. dplafoll

    dplafoll Loaded Pockets

    Mods, if this is the wrong place for this thread, I apologize and please move it where it should be.

    So I often read advice for sharpening that involves "buy a loupe so you can see the edge" or some variety thereof. I was hoping to get some community input on that.
    1) What power(s) are good to see what you need to see on the edge?
    2) Good brands/examples of loupes, and good places to purchase them at decent prices.
    3) Alternatives to a loupe with equivalent functionality.
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  2. AV8R

    AV8R Loaded Pockets

    1) 10X
    2) Belomo
  3. Mumbojumboo
    • GITD Manix 2XL Owner

    Mumbojumboo EDC Junkie!!!!!

    I have a few but my sharpening skills will never get to that level. Good for anyone that does!!
  4. gazz98

    gazz98 Loaded Pockets

    I have an Insten brand 30x magnifying glass with LED light from Staples for $7. I initially bought it to inspect electronics but use it to inspect my sharpening. I would say 10x min.

    I wear glasses so loupes aren't an option for me. I like a magnifying glass with a simple LED light. My work isn't good enough to warrant spending big $ on a loupe or magnifying glass.
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  5. Moshe ben David

    Moshe ben David Loaded Pockets

    Second the motion for the 10x Belomo triplet. I got mine initially for my obsession fascination with fountain pens. Check Amazon for this and others. This one is approx $35.


    Moshe ben David
  6. Nick4305
    • In Omnia Paratus

    Nick4305 EDC Junkie!!!!!

    This one works well for me.



  7. BadDad

    BadDad Empty Pockets

    I have a very basic 30x loupe. Works great for identifying micro chipping and checking that you have a solid bevel set along the full edge. It's also useful for checking your scratch patterns and striations before moving on in grit. I shone a lot of vintage straight razors, and it can really come in handy when you're dealing with rust, pitting, and cracks, too.

    I think I paid about $5 on Amazon...