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Forum topic by mattg411 posted 04-12-2011 08:14 PM 944 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2011 08:14 PM

I am new to to sharpening and am seeking some advice. I read relevant portions of the Complete Guide to Sharpening by Leonard Lee. As a first purchase I picked up an inexpensive side clamping honing guide and a combination Norton waterstone 1000/4000 grit. I grabbed an old inexpensive chisel with a nick in it to practice on. I used a granite tile with 80 grit sandpaper to remove the nick and flatten the back, then 180 and 220 grit before moving to the waterstone 1000 and 4000 grits. All went well but I was unable to get a mirror finish (which may not be necessary) so I purchased a Spyderco Ultra-fine bench stone based on reviews I read on Amazon. The Spyderco stone is awesome and provides a mirror finish but it seems like there is too much of a gap between the grit of the 4000 stone and the Ultra-fine stone. I would rather not purchase another waterstone after seeing how nice it is not dealing with the mess and flattening. Can someone recommend either a Ceramic or Diamond grit that would fill the gap?


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#1 posted 04-12-2011 10:49 PM


The finest grit Duo (DMT) diamond stone surface I have is 1200 and I was looking to add a Norton 8000 to my arsenal for the polish aspect. But based on your comment on the Spyderco Ultra-fine I may have to check it out instead.

But I digress…

Towards your question, the 1200 comes quite close to getting me a mirror finish but not quite. It leaves very fine hazing / scratching that I then polish out either on a strop or rag wheel w/ compound as a final step. So it may be what you’re looking for as an interim. I do like the DMTs and will continue using them, for what it’s worth.

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