sharpening stone is baffling me!!!

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Forum topic by cdaniels posted 01-08-2016 10:44 PM 921 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2016 10:44 PM

I have been using sharpening stones for a couple years ago since I was introduced to them from my time in japan. the thing that’s baffling me right now is why after I work up to a nice polish at 3000 then switch to anything higher it ruins the polish and loses it’s shine. I’ve gotten the same results with 5000, 6000 and 12000 grit king stones and it makes no sense. It just seems like once I hit the 3000 stone and get a mirror polish anything higher ruins it???

If anyone has an answer as to why this is going on I would like to hear it!!


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#1 posted 01-08-2016 10:56 PM

Is it adding scratches to the metal at the higher grits, or just making the metal cloudy in appearance?

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#2 posted 01-08-2016 10:59 PM

If its cloudy, I wouldn’t worry about it. This can happen if the stones are still relatively new and have not been used much. Your water might be contaminated with grit particles as well. Put each stone in fresh water and see if that helps.

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#3 posted 01-08-2016 11:20 PM

I go from 1000 right to 8000 for the polish, only time I have seen some cloudy finish is on A2 steel and a bit on PMV-11. Usually takes a little more work to polish up a PMV-11. Waterstone’s grades are not that precise I find, have an old Norton 4000 stone that gives same polish as a 8000 stone? Do have a Lie Nielsen 10000 stone that does seem to give a slightly better finish? If you get the polish at 3000 why go any further?

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#4 posted 01-09-2016 01:06 AM


I am kind of thinking that if it is really sharp at 3000 and has a nice polish why go further. Is it the polish you are after or the sharpness?

Good to see you posting again buddy

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#5 posted 01-09-2016 01:09 AM

A nagura stone creates a slurry, helps with the issues you have and is recommended

with 8k stones and higher. Good luck now .

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#6 posted 01-09-2016 01:23 PM

This happens on my 4000 but the 8000 polishes it out.

If its sharp don’t worry about it.

A few strokes on a strop will polish it right up.

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#7 posted 01-09-2016 06:43 PM

There is no standard for “grit” and it varies between different types of abrasives. So 3000 of one stone type might be finer than 4000 of another stone type.

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