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  1. Desert Rat

    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?
  2. Desert Rat

    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...
  3. Desert Rat

    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...
  4. Desert Rat

    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...
  5. Desert Rat

    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.
  6. Desert Rat

    Why are Jnats all from Japan?

    Geological factors. http://www.thejapanstone.com/Aritcle_hardstone.html
  7. Desert Rat

    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.
  8. Desert Rat

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. Desert Rat

    Chosing stones for tools

    I like oil in the shop, Norton 313 trihone and a full set of large arks.
  11. Desert Rat

    lets have a new razor thread.

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

    lets have a new razor thread.

    It's way to late for me, I'm hopelessly lost in the world of natural stones, they are the only stones that interest me.
  13. Desert Rat

    lets have a new razor thread.

    I never could get my head wrapped around the term "over honing". I do believe suction is the devil though.
  14. Desert Rat

    lets have a new razor thread.

    I think mine are not prepared, lapped correctly. They look smooth, feel smooth but are killing edges. Both of those guys that you bought stones from are local to me. I have some suspicions about the origins of that green one. Possibly a jasper that I have been trying to get my hands on for quite...
  15. Desert Rat

    lets have a new razor thread.

    Stringer, I think some of that honing style is to minimize sticking, it's a real issue especially with the flatter side of Kamisori's. I know some just hone until a razor sticks but I think my hones have a little more to offer after that. There was a change in feed back on my last coticule that...
  16. Desert Rat

    lets have a new razor thread.

    Have you tried it both ways and compared? Would genuinely be interested in your opinion, or from any one else as well that has tried edge trailing strokes. What type of stone, what it did or didn't do ect.
  17. Desert Rat

    lets have a new razor thread.

    More common in japan, sometimes with pull strokes or a variation to remove any bur. I routinely finish with some edge trailing passes a technique I learned in knife sharpening. Just a couple examples...
  18. Desert Rat

    lets have a new razor thread.

    I usually set my bevel on Washita's, if it needs chip repair I will take it to a diamond stone or two first.
  19. Desert Rat

    lets have a new razor thread.

    I shaved off a razor honed on the new to me Coticule this morning. It was a good shave but I had to earn it, I got things figured out at 11.30 last night, I spent hours on that stone. I would like to think I am a little wiser but will find out pretty soon because I have a couple more hones I...
  20. Desert Rat

    lets have a new razor thread.

    That's good information. I need to try another razor on this stone, I think this razor is one that is a problem child that has some warp to it and I had to hone it on a narrow hone to get a good edge. It took me a couple weeks with my last coticule to learn how to coax a shaving edge off of it...
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