Regardless of what system a woodworker chooses to sharpen or re-touch the edge
of a blade with. A result of the process is going to be raising a burr or wire
on the back or flat of the chisel. The successful removal or "Backing Off" of
the wire is an important part of the sharpening process. The burr is actually
the abraded tip or old edge of the chisel that's being removed. When
sharpening on the PSS the burr removal was carried out by hand; wiping the
flat of the blade on one of the PSS diamond stones. However this can now be
achieved much more quickly by fitting the PSS accessory "De-Burring plate"
After sharpening simply sliding the blade back away from the carriage and
across the De-Burring plate and the wire/burr is wiped clean from the blade.
Fitting the De-Burring plate has an added bonus; due to the naturally abrasive
surface of the diamond plate. Holding any chisel or plane blade during the
sharpening process becomes easier as the diamond plated surface tends to grip
and hold the blade in position better.