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    Grinding wheels

    You know those giant water wheels that folks like Murray Carter use? You know how they are extremely expensive to ship from Japan?

    Well, how come nobody uses carborundum stones like Steeley is always posting about. I mean, I see these guys in a factory making THOUSANDS of giant wheels, and I can't help but think how amazing it would be to buy one that someone thinks is a burdensome antique, mount it, dress it, and use it to grind in some bevels.

    I mean, why not? I assume there is a reason, because there are countless knifemakers here in the US using everything else--from water-cooled grinders to radiused platens--and if there were a more bucolic, jingoistic approach I'm sure someone would favor it.

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    Norton can make stones any size, for a little more then half of what some were quoted to get japanese stones over here.
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    These good to work wet? I think I have a project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurkeCutlery View Post
    These good to work wet? I think I have a project.
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    How do you find out what grit these things are?

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    you grind, if you like it and it does what you want, than that's the grit you get. Those are natural stones and I don't imagine the grit is very high.
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    think Arkansas maybe or one of those Michigan stones.
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    there are at times very large surface grinding wheels for sale on ebay that I have considered getting to use. you would have to make some kind of very large arbor for them but they would be safer to use than the antique grind stones especially at moderate speeds.

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=...&_osacat=25264

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    Yeah, I'm gonna call Norton too, and see what they say. It wouldn't need to turn fast at all, and even if it's expensive, you'd never need to buy belts again. A $5,000 wheel may end up paying for itself in time and belts. No dipping!

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