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Re: Do ceramics have a break in period? 1 year 1 month ago #12018

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Max, did you wear out your 400/600 diamonds already or is this just to get a set that is super aggressive for the fair? I had forgotten about wetting the ceramics and thought I was done for the day? Now I feel that twitch coming on again :ohmy: :blink:
I am very curious about your new set up and how it works for you? I have found your "fair career" to be entertaining and very informative!;) please update soon:P[/quote]
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not worn out, but close as are my 100/200 - my 200 paddles are actually more coarse than the 100's - or they seem to be going by the feel and sound, so since clay and curtis recommend starting with the 400/600's that is my new plan. sat. i started with my 200's and went to 600 and then coarse ceramics. with these new 1200/1600's they should be great. i really like the way the blade looks after using them so far- (2 knives - more on wed)...testing and breaking in.
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Re: Do ceramics have a break in period? 1 year 1 month ago #12019

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I actually suggested doing a coarse, then a fine stone.

Seems a bit premature to be replacing stones (but I don't know how many knives you've done). Bob Nash happened to make a post related to this in another forum...
To give it some range though - I change out my 100/200 set that I travel with somewhere about after about 5 or 6 shows, so anywhere from about 200 to 350 knives - but I use them on 95%+ of the knives I do at shows. On those knives though they don't usually do super heavy work. Meaning I don't re-profile for folks at shows I just clean up, flatten and create an edge with them. When I change them out they are still cutting just really slowly. I do use 50/80s sometimes at shows but only on really bad stuff, or things with no edge created at all, or combat knives/survival knives/machetes and the like. Using the 50/80s for heavy work will preserve your 100s, but the trade off is you put in deeper scratches that are harder to polish out.

The rest of my diamonds, 400 to 1000 have never been changed out and they have done 3000+ knives probably.

Using them for just personal sharpening, you would use those coarse stones mainly just once per knife depending on its starting condition and how long you go between maintenance touch ups. if you stay on top of maintaining the edge after the first time you'll use mainly the finer diamonds or even just strops.
www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.ph...2316875#post12316875

Perhaps a frame of reference for comparison? Maybe you've been using them longer than my impression.
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Re: Do ceramics have a break in period? 1 year 1 month ago #12052

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Perhaps a frame of reference for comparison? Maybe you've been using them longer than my impression.[/quote]
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i am just trying to speed up the fare process - per you and clay, so i decided to buy a new set of 400/600's and try and use those as my main starter paddles on knives that are not in really bad shape. like i said, i got the 1200/1600 ceramics yesterday - they really seem nice so far.
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