I have several of [url=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002E0MU70/ref=oss_product]these little magnifiers [/url]that I use when sharpening. Despite the claim they seem to be about 20X or so, give or take. The real genius of this 'scope is that it has LED lights that shine precisely on what you're looking that. They smoke a regular (and more expensive) loupe.
I had looked at those on eBay, but ended up getting a 30x loupe for around $2 delivered. It was really just that I was more familiar with the loupe from being around jewelers in the past, and could not find much info on the other style. They do look like a more modern tool though, and I am thinking I may try one since as much as the loupe is an improvement from small lens I have been using (I had an old small pair of binoculars that were broken and made use of the eye end lol) its field of view is very limited and really a strain on the eyes. Then again it could just be another chapter in cheap chinese crap I should have never bought.
So tell me more about the one you have. Can you view a reasonable length of the blade easily? If you move the blade further or closer to it can you still focus fairly well.
I ask because the answer with the 30x is no. Maybe it is just my eyes aging but then again I have always been seriously far sighted so who knows/
Either way it is really helpful to be able to see what your trying feel etc, and just knowing what your efforts are producing on a magnified level would seem to be able to help avoid any problem areas in your next session.
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