Choosing Sharpening Grits

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Forum topic by uMinded posted 03-28-2014 12:55 PM 735 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2014 12:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening honing grinding

I have a WIDE selection of grits to choose from and would like some advice on which to pick up.

80, 120, 150, 220, 350, 500, 1000, 1200, 2300, 9000

I was thinking the low grits are not so useful as you take knicks out on the grinder first.

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#1 posted 03-28-2014 01:10 PM

I think you should buy a couple of each and see how they work for your style of sharpening and particular tools. You can always use the ones you don’t like for sanding wood LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 03-28-2014 01:30 PM

Much will depend on what you’re going to use these for. If you’re going to be flattening backs of plane irons, you’ll definitely want the 80 and 120. If you’re just going to hone after grinding a primary bevel, you might want to start with a 220 and go up from there. If you’re talking about turning tools, I have no idea.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 04:21 PM

For flattening I go with 80 until flat, on planes I stop there, chisels I shine up. Grinders are faster at cutting a new bevel or repairing an edge then I start at 600 or 800, whatever I feel like, then move up through 2000. So to answer the question I would have a selection of 80 – 2300 with more of the 80, 1000 & 2300. Some 9000 if you want to play around but buffing compound is probably faster.

-- Rick M,

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