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    Removing scratches from sharpening/thinning

    How do you do it? What do you use?

    Do you have a special technique for damascus cladding?

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    i'd love to have a step by step method of removing scratches as well. i scratched up my kono cause i forgot to flatten stones before use.

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    Automotive wet dry sandpaper in increasingly high grits, then micromesh pads. What you do on one side you have to do on the other even if it isn't scratched in order to achieve a uniform finish. Then re etch, then sharpen. I did this on my ironwood Tanaka 240mm after thinning behind the edge. Scary stuff.
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    do you keep the auto paper and mesh pads dry or do you load them with something? btw perneto i do exactly what theory says and it works great. it does take some practice to make a consistent scratch pattern.

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    Work in one direction only, horizontally is by far the easiest. Make sure to stay away from the very edge.

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    Could someone post grits to use in order of use and how to re etch. Also a link to the correct auto paper for sand paper or mesh pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ucmd View Post
    Could someone post grits to use in order of use and how to re etch. Also a link to the correct auto paper for sand paper or mesh pads.
    wet/dry, doesn't matter what brand. start with 220, then 400, then 800. Dave has an etching guide, somewhere... i'd be happy to show you how to do it, Ucmd, since we live fairly close to each other.

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    Well, the grit level really depends on how deeply you've scratched the blade. Really you should start at the level that scratches out the scratches you originally made. If that makes any sense. As for the micro mesh pads, just hit up amazon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThEoRy View Post
    Well, the grit level really depends on how deeply you've scratched the blade. Really you should start at the level that scratches out the scratches you originally made. If that makes any sense. As for the micro mesh pads, just hit up amazon.
    that's the theory, but i find that 220/400/800 pretty much does it.

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    Sounds about right. I once slipped with a dremmel while rounding my yo-deba and had to go from 60 grit!!! Yeah, that sucked.
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