- Mar 21, 2021
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- East Coast
That Kasfly sink bridge is by far the best one I've ever used. So well-designed, so solid. Your picture reminds me that mine was once pretty. Now it looks like this:
Eh. I bought them because they are inexpensive and I read on this forum the 4K produces an outstanding edge. Now, I did only use the 4K once and the 6k once as a hybrid edge, so inconclusive for now. The 4K dished a little, but produced a nice edge. But I am used to using Shapton Pros and I have the Shapton Glass 4K that makes an outstanding edge. I bought them from woodcraft with a 10% off coupon. So they were 66 bucks for both of them shipped, that is a pretty good deal to try out two stones.How are those King Ice Bears? Aren't they supposed to be a synthetic that acts like a Jnat?
Wow, so many new stones and sharpening toys. That KEN onion thingamajig, how tough is it? can you like shape a piece of steel into knife using just that? Might jump into the knife making thing if it in fact works.
I have been using and promoting the use of belgians for a longaaaaash while and up to this day I still don't fully understand a couple of things about them, one is the myth about the 4k 8k on the purple, blue or whatever vs the cream colored side. As I understand it, the garnets are far bigger than what the grit size polish they achieve is due to the shape of the garnets. Supposedly they form 135 degree edges and thus leave a very shallow groove or cut in the knife. If this is true, than how the heck does the blue side work differently? are the garnets bigger? wouldn't that make the cuts even shallower? do UFOS really exist? Anyone who can better explain or point me in the direction of a documented study on the behavior of coticules and BBW on steel I would greatly appreciate. Thanks.
I've read this before, i my mind I still have a hard time imagining what goes on. The higher concentration part makes sense, but then why... So it just occurred to me that when the stones formed the blue matrix basically was less capable at forming the garnets? or more capable hence the larger ones?
How does a Belgian Blue Whetstone compare to a Coticule? (a story about garnets) - home of the famous Belgian Coticule WhetstoneHow does a Belgian Blue Whetstone compare to a Coticule? (a story about garnets)www.coticule.be
TLDR; The garnets in coticules are smaller and in a greater concentration than in Belgian blues. Both stones have the garnets suspended in a soft matrix of phyllosilicates. Raising a slurry makes the garnets more aggressive. Due to the size of the garnets and their concentration coticules are both generally faster and finish finer than blues. But a ton of this depends on your particular stone, slurry management, and sharpening technique.
Nice! Seconds from where?Some "seconds" strops .. not sure what's second about them, they look pretty great to me.
I already have two others, but wanted to try different stuff. From a really quick try, Balsa and Angus talk to me.
These are Balsa, Profiled Buffalo, Angus steer, Buffalo top, Cordovan bottom.
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Got it on one of the classifieds, angus steer was marked as used but the rest were 'seconds' (from someone who used to make strops). To be honest, leather isn't perfect, but I'd never expect leather to be absolutely perfect anyway, nor would it be shortly after I use it, it's more than enough for me to play with.Nice! Seconds from where?
Aren't they? Getting super keen edges straight off the stone? The kind that make you think a strop probably isn't worth the hassle?
There are a lot of folks out there, especially in the EDC/Sporting knife world who are "anti" strop because of appropriate stones and excellent technique.Aren't they? Getting super keen edges straight off the stone? The kind that make you think a strop probably isn't worth the hassle?
If you can sharpen a stainless steel knife on stones, to the point where a strop cannot improve it by getting those persistent burrs completely out of the picture, my hat is off to you.There are a lot of folks out there, especially in the EDC/Sporting knife world who are "anti" strop because of appropriate stones and excellent technique.
I don't think this is difficult with a decent stainless (ginsan) and more crucially, a natural finishing stone. I used to struggle with burrs on synthetic stones, but I think the slowness of naturals is a big advantage here. For burr reduction I use them relatively dry with very light pressureIf you can sharpen a stainless steel knife on stones, to the point where a strop cannot improve it by getting those persistent burrs completely out of the picture, my hat is off to you.