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Cloths / rags for sharpening

Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:33 am

Does anyone have recommendations for cloths to use when sharpening for wiping stones and knives, etc.....

Thanks!

Re: Cloths / rags for sharpening

Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:57 am

I use old bathroom towels. I wipe knives with tissues or toilet paper.

Re: Cloths / rags for sharpening

Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:35 pm

K...so there isn't a "best" type of material or anything like that? Was looking for something absorbent and also something that wouldn't fray or tear up as things are wiped, but still wasn't too thick.

Fine microfibre? Just tea-towels?

Re: Cloths / rags for sharpening

Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:17 pm

I use microfiber and standard cotton towels. Microfibers work very well to clean a blade of dirt and debris while keeping any scratching to a minimal.

Re: Cloths / rags for sharpening

Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:25 pm

I used soft cotton cloth. One for sharpening and one for working.

Before I store my knife, I dry them with e cloth for glass and polish.

http://www.ecloth.com/All-Products/Glas ... Cloth.html

Re: Cloths / rags for sharpening

Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:12 pm

Great info guys - thanks!

Re: Cloths / rags for sharpening

Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:13 pm

Microfiber polishing cloth - I get mine from Costco (yellow). Advantage is that it gets the knife REALLY dry. Not only does this give you a dryer knife, but it makes it much more accurate to assess sharpness. Drying your hands and the knife gives you a MUCH more accurate and useful sense of blade sharpness.

Even drying off stones lets you get the stone ready for storage more quickly rather than letting the surface water soak in more after use which prolongs drying times.

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Ken
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