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    Looks more expensive than usp though still better than many...if I'm doing the comparison of products right (which I may not be).
    one man gathers what another man spills...

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    i buy mine from an austrian gemstone demand:

    http://www.edelopale.at/pi14/index.html

  3. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by chinacats View Post
    I buy the slurry in 1 micron and heavy concentration. Thinking next time of ordering both the 1 micron and the next smaller size down (~.25u) and mixing them. Prices seem much more reasonable then pre-packaged sprays. They are very helpful if you call with questions--I did the first time I ordered and was very satisfied with their help/answers/service. They also sell rouge and aluminum oxide though I haven't tried either.
    The bottles don't have a spray attachment so I bought some good/inexpensive spray bottles from the bay that have worked very well.
    Having never used diamond spray - will the slurry spray through a standard spray bottle? Or do you need a specialized spray head?

  4. #34
    I looked for ones called 'atomizers' that hold ~10ml--they are made of glass. They work very well and are not expensive.
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    Felt or leather, UNloaded. The compounds are a neat trick but the effect is temporary in my experience, not worth the trouble if I have to re do it after every other task.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panda View Post
    Felt or leather, UNloaded. The compounds are a neat trick but the effect is temporary in my experience, not worth the trouble if I have to re do it after every other task.
    But stropped edges are so much fun! I haven't reloaded my balsa yet, but its definitely not every other time I need to load the strops again with the diamond spray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mucho Bocho View Post
    Smooth bovine leather loaded w/ 1u diamond spray (I use HA brand) will bring a properly sharpened edge into scary sharp category.

    I'm a very active and passionate home cook and insist that my knives are scary sharp at all times. So I usually strop before each cutting task, sometime inbetween tasks. Im a freak but if my knives slide at all when stroking a ripe tomato skin, then it gets stropped. I like my edges sticky with three finger test and very quietly push cut paper.

    When stroppping alone fails bring it back that sharp edge, I run the edge over a HA Brand 1200 ceramic rod, then strop on loaded leather. When that ceases to bring the edge back, I strop on take out my highest grit stone (takenono 8K), then back to loaded leather. Sometimes my fingers shake before touching the blade cause they know better. Yep
    The atomizers I bought were plastic, 10ml, and work perfectly. I wish I'd have found glass ones lol. Mine came 12 to a package for like $6.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mucho Bocho View Post
    Slide your fingers? I'm talking scary sharp, any movement up or down would unquestionaly produce blood, just the movement of actually touching the cutting edge is enough to leave a mark. If the edge is keen and I can move my fingers up or down the blade, then I grabe the ceramic rod cause the blade doesn't have enough bite. I like a toothy but refined edge.
    Quote Originally Posted by chinacats View Post
    I looked for ones called 'atomizers' that hold ~10ml--they are made of glass. They work very well and are not expensive.
    I try to be the man I am..in times of broken lives. Shattered dreams and plans..standing up to fight. Pressures and demands..staring at the knife. Holding in your hands..

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    A very basic suggestion here, if you don't mind. A piece of leather painted with acrylic olive green artist paint. Pigment is Cr2O3, water soluble. Helps in recognizing the last burr remainings, and to remove them.

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    Sorry for the weird quotes above...the multiquote system here is wonky.
    I try to be the man I am..in times of broken lives. Shattered dreams and plans..standing up to fight. Pressures and demands..staring at the knife. Holding in your hands..

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    Or instead of paint one can buy one of those green waxy thingys and dissolve little bits of it in isopropyl alcohol but I think they are more like 3-6 microns then 1.

    The green brick i bought for $10 on Amazon is enough compound to make solutions for a couple of hundred KKF members!

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