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  1. Desert Rat

    Honing with Arkansas Stone

    The dangers of the internet. A guy that can't tell the deference between an Ark an a Washita is referenced as a good source of information. That's all I have to say on this subject.
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    Honing with Arkansas Stone

    Hard Arks are removing steel. Surfaces can be manipulated to make them finer or coarser. You can clearly see the swarf on this kleenex and the stone after about ten strokes on this translucent. The stone has recently been dress on worn 1000 grit wet dry for razor's. I would never go this fine...
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    Little bit of trouble with the (blue) JNS Aoto Matukusuyama

    I have seen edges with less tooth perform worse on paper. Try something you have to slice like maybe a paper towel or kleenex.
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    Honing with Arkansas Stone

    I use them, from Washita's to the hardest of Arks and almost exclusively in the maintenance of my kitchen knifes. I would encourage questioning everything you read about them and putting knifes to the stone, they for sure will not be for everyone.
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    lets have a new razor thread.

    It looks very challenging, I would love to see them finished. I don't have any first hand knowledge of AEB-L. What abrasives are required for sharpening?
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    How do you sharpen a knife that curves backward?

    It's there because it's an inexpensive knife. I wouldn't bother to sharpen it at that point. I do stand stones on edge when I encounter recurved blades but I'm not a water stone user so my stones don't suffer in the same way. Kind of off topic but this is the kind of training that is received...
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    lets have a new razor thread.

    My latest razor hone. Said to be a Fiddich river. Very nice edges, it took me a little while to get there with this hone because I don't use magnification as I should. It's a slow stone and at a little over five inches I have to put in work. It has really odd feedback, no sticking ever even with...
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    Back to sharpening basics

    I just sharpened my sister in laws knifes, five of them. A few Henckels and a little five inch made in China Santuko and boning knife that looked like they had been drug through one of those old electric knife sharpeners that were found on the side of can openers. The boning knife pretty much...
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    looking for glass or granite for sandpaper

    The easiest way to deal with a machete lacking fancy equipment (and even then it's debatable) is to take a file to the edge, followed by stones also taken to the edge rather than taking the blade to the stone.
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    Why are Jnats all from Japan?

    Geological factors. http://www.thejapanstone.com/Aritcle_hardstone.html
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    looking for glass or granite for sandpaper

    This right here. Granite counter top suppliers or installers. Its just a waste product that they have to throw away. Simply ask nicely.
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    looking for glass or granite for sandpaper

    I use scrap granite from a sink cut out. It's flat and it was free. Overkill at 1 1/4" thick but functional.
  13. Desert Rat

    Chosing stones for tools

    I will just drop this here. Fast forward to 7:15 to get right to the sharpening. Lots of ways to sharp and most of them work.
  14. Desert Rat

    Chosing stones for tools

    I like oil in the shop, Norton 313 trihone and a full set of large arks.
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    lets have a new razor thread.

    It seems that honing under running water works for some coticules. About that easy too.
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