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  1. #1 How to sharpen a guillotine 
    PORCUS STAPHUS ADMIN Rockntractor's Avatar
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    To an evil mastermind bent on wiping out a number of individuals in as efficient a manner as possible, the guillotine has frequently been the device of choice, combining a reputation for speed and reliability not dependent on the skill of the operator with a long and terrifying infamy. It is economical to operate, involving no expendables unlike the methods of firing squad, lethal injection, and poison gas, and it consumes much less energy than the electric chair, making it invaluable in the pursuit of a first-rate head collection. A guillotine can be used many times if its owner adheres to a proper maintenance schedule including periodic blade sharpening, to counteract the harmful effects of wear and corrosion it is subjected to in normal use. One of the most annoying things to encounter when dispatching a prisoner is a blunt guillotine blade, and this becomes very evident when all the dignitaries have already been assembled, the last words have been said, yet the basket remains frustratingly empty after one, two, or maybe even three releases. Along with lubrication of the moving parts and a basic cleaning schedule, this will ensure that a fearsome death-dealing apparatus will be operating long after many of the condemned have been forgotten.

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    1. Disassembly. Most modern guillotines feature a removable high carbon steel edge separate from the weighting assembly which ensures that the carriage will come down with lethal force. This generally unscrews so the edge can be touched up. Older machines have a single heavy blade which may be fixed to the apparatus semi-permanently. In those cases you will often need to service the edge in place, preferably with a secure blade stop to guard against mishaps.
    2. Take off the old edge. Using a coarse stone on a mechanical grinder, the blade should be wet ground to the same angle it was given by the manufacturer (typically between 20 and 25 degrees), using a blade guide you can obtain commercially, up to the point where the original dull edge has been removed along the entire length of the blade. The majority of guillotines use a single bevelled edge so that you will not need to sharpen from both sides. You will know when you have removed the old edge when you can detect a slight burr on the back side of the blade, which you can remove using light pressure on the wheel.
    3. Honing. Once you have a new edge, honing with successively finer grits will polish the edge to a razor sharpness that you can feel. The edge will be so sharp that it will not reflect light, ready to chop through the most stubborn flesh with only the slightest of effort. It should be so sharp that the blade will sing as it slices through the air descending on its way to an appointment with the condemned.
    4. Reassembly and realignment. When fitting the blade back onto the sliding mechanism, this is a good time to make sure that everything moves freely, without hitches, and that the stop at the end of its travel is adjusted properly so the edge will not come into contact at the bottommost point. Some units travel vertically and can be adjusted with a plumb, while others operate at an angle to the vertical which should be checked at this point. A light coating with machine oil will help to protect your new edge from corrosion until the time it is needed.Moe>
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    Senior Member Ranger Rick's Avatar
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    Good to know.

    Did not see any "number of uses" data.
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