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Re: Stock stone/strop progression 2 years 5 months ago #2022

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Next up was the quarter micron diamond spray, also from Hand American:

Quarter-Micron-Diamond.jpg


I've been alternating stroke directions to make the new scratches easier to see.
--Clay Allison
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Re: Stock stone/strop progression 2 years 5 months ago #2023

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Next came the .125 CBN spray from Ken at Precise Sharpening:

Eigth-Micron-CBN-Ascending.jpg


It gets confusing here, scratches running everywhere, don't seem to be making much improvement.
--Clay Allison
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Re: Stock stone/strop progression 2 years 5 months ago #2024

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I decided to check out plain leather again, first top grain horse butt, moistened with distilled water:

Top-Grain-Horse-Butt---Distilled-Water.jpg


and then top grain horse butt dry:

Top-Grain-Horse-Butt---Dry.jpg


hmmm.....

At least our little sedge (or chicken foot) shaped scratch is getting more shallow.
--Clay Allison
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At this point, I was unsatisfied with the polish level and decided to drop back down and repeat the following progression: 1 boron carbide> .5 micron chromium oxide> .25 micron diamond> .125 CBN

Eigth-Micron-CBN-Ascending-2nd-Pass.jpg


I didn't photo each step, just worked quickly through the progression to get back to .125 microns. Now we're getting somewhere!
--Clay Allison
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Here is where things get really interesting - I decided that the bevel was polished sufficiently and we'd be able to examine the scratches from the strops in question, so I began a descending progression, starting with the 3.5 micron diamond and top grain leather strops:

3.5-micron-diamond-paste-descending---top-grain-leather.jpg


Go figure....

The sedge/chicken foot shaped scratch is almost gone.
--Clay Allison
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Descending yet further to the 5 micron diamond and top grain leather strops, stroking in the opposite direction. Note what has happened to our little sedge shaped scratch:

5-Micron-Diamond-Paste-Descending---Top-Grain-Leather.jpg
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