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Stone/Strop Order 9 months 3 weeks ago #14781

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Just got my system and hope this isn't posted elsewhere but thought I'd share my work of organizing all of the stones and their grit and/or grit rating in order from coarse to fine(est).

Grit: Stone:
50/80 - Ultra Coarse / Extra Coarse Stones Pack
100/200 - Coarse / Medium Coarse Stones Pack
400/600 - Medium / Fine Stones Pack
400/600 - Naniwa - Chosera 400 and 600 Grit Waterstones Pack
400/600 - Medium / Fine Stones for Curved Blades
800/1,000 - Naniwa - Chosera 800 and 1000 Grit Waterstones Pack
800/1,000 - Extra Fine 800 Grit / Ultra Fine 1000 Grit Diamond Stones Pack
1,200/1,600 - Super Fine Ceramic Stones Pack
1,400/1,800 - 14 and 10 Micron Diamond Strop Pack
1,400/1,800 - 14 and 10 Micron Diamond and Balsa Strop Pack
2,000/3,000 - Naniwa - Chosera 2000 and 3000 Grit Waterstones Pack
4,500/7,500 - 5 and 3.5 Micron Diamond Strop Pack
4,500/7,500 - 5 and 3.5 Micron Diamond and Balsa Strop Pack
5,000/10,000 - Naniwa - Chosera 5000 and 10000 Grit Waterstones Pack
12,000/50,000 - Micro Fine Ceramic Stones Pack 1.4/0.6 micron
14,000/60,000 - 1 and .5 Micron Diamond Strop Pack
14,000/60,000 - 1 and .5 Micron Diamond and Balsa Strop Pack
14,000 - 1 Micron Diamond Spray
60,000 - .5 Micron Diamond Spray
100,000 - .25 Micron Diamond Spray
0.125 mµ - .125 Micron Cubic Boron Nitride Spray
0.050 mµ - .050 Micron Polycrystalline Diamond Spray
0.025 mµ - .025 Micron Polycrystalline Diamond Spray

N/A - Blank Leather Strops Pack
N/A - Blank Balsa Strops Pack
N/A - Blank Kangaroo Leather Strops
N/A - Blank Handles and Platens Pack
N/A - Blank Nano-Cloth Strops

Note: The micron to grit is a rough estimate. I don't know the science behind it but I do know its freaking microscopic and hard to measure.

I also did not include the paste refills that are in packs.
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Re:Re: Stone/Strop Order 9 months 2 weeks ago #14792

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Think this is all on the grit comparison chart under the resources tab.

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Re:Re: Stone/Strop Order 9 months 2 weeks ago #14799

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Oh my... you forgot the Shapton stones :evil: ;)
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Re:Re: Stone/Strop Order 9 months 2 weeks ago #14802

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Glass?
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Re:Re: Stone/Strop Order 9 months 2 weeks ago #14805

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Welcome to the forum.

Good list,,,, keep in mind though the grit/micron size is only part of the picture. Type and how they perform is also part. For example, a XXXg diamond stone will perform different and leave a different finish than the equivalent waterstone. So, you may not want to switch between abrasive types as you go thru a progression
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Re:Re: Stone/Strop Order 9 months 2 weeks ago #14806

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cbwx34 wrote:
Welcome to the forum.

Good list,,,, keep in mind though the grit/micron size is only part of the picture. Type and how they perform is also part. For example, a XXXg diamond stone will perform different and leave a different finish than the equivalent waterstone. So, you may not want to switch between abrasive types as you go thru a progression

I have the Pro-Pack 1 and was wondering what would be a good in between for 1000 grit and the 5/3.5 micron strops. I was thinking of going with a 1200/1600 ceramic and maybe a finer polish like a 1/.5 micron strop. Any ideas?
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Re:Re: Stone/Strop Order 9 months 2 weeks ago #14807

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bobguyman wrote:
I have the Pro-Pack 1 and was wondering what would be a good in between for 1000 grit and the 5/3.5 micron strops. I was thinking of going with a 1200/1600 ceramic

That sounds like a good idea :cheer:
and maybe a finer polish like a 1/.5 micron strop. Any ideas?

I've never used the WE 1/.5 stropping paste. You could also try the diamond sprays offered here.
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Re:Re: Stone/Strop Order 9 months 2 weeks ago #14809

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mark76 wrote:
I've never used the WE 1/.5 stropping paste. You could also try the diamond sprays offered here.

I'm tempted to get a spare set of bare leather strops and just use some cheap polishing compound for doing cheaper knives that I don't really care about perfecting the edge on. Mostly just to put something more polished than a 1000 grit stone but not as fancy or expensive or tedious as the 5/3.5 strops. I'm always overly careful about making sure its not cross contaminated and that it doesn't get metal elsewhere on them.
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Re:Re: Stone/Strop Order 9 months 2 weeks ago #14813

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I read a contradiction in your reply. On the one hand you are overly careful to prevent cross-contamination. On the other hand you want to use a cheap polishing compound.

I'm always careful in advising products, but in your case I'd say: please go for a proven stropping compound. That is a Ken Schwartz or a Hand American diamond or CBN spray. In many other cases you simply don't know what you get, whereas there is a huge variation in the quality of the products.
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