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Re: Correct beginner stone/grit progression? 1 year 3 months ago #11603

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KenBuzbee wrote:
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Also, I am not sure that I fully understand the Ceramic vs strop. Looking at the grit comparison chart the 1200 ceramic is the same grit size as the 5u diamond paste, 5. The 3.5u diamond paste is 3.5 while the 1600 ceramic is 2.85. What would be the progression here and why?

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Remember ceramics are hard. Their grits are fixed into this surface. Strops are soft. The grits bury into them, exposing only a very slight bit. So you can have a large grit in a soft strop but only exposed 3% it will yield much finer results than the grit would indicate.

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To add just a little to what Ken said.. The "grit" in stones is much more concentrated than you can get... no matter how much abrasive you put on leather. They will cut much faster. Stones are for sharpening... strops are for... well stropping :)

Think of stropping as a sort of final polish or micro-refinement, rather then removing metal as with the stones. This is a simplification, of course... but it conveys the basic idea.
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Re: Correct beginner stone/grit progression? 1 year 3 months ago #11604

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Great point Phil!

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Re: Correct beginner stone/grit progression? 1 year 3 months ago #11616

Thanks so much everyone. Seems like a great group here, very knowledgable and helpful. I have a much better understanding now. Still a lot more to learn but I think I've got a good start. I'm looking forward to getting started and delving deeper into this.
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Re: Correct beginner stone/grit progression? 1 year 3 months ago #11617

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You're off to a great start.

But beware, you're right at the mouth of the rabbit hole ;) Enter and there is no coming back ;)

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