Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:44 am
Is leaving your edge more toothy strictly a matter of stopping on a lower grit stone or is there more to it. I have a bester 1.2k and rika 5k. Should I just stop after the 1.2k?
Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:47 am
CHRISMIT <> In a nutshell, yes. Lower grit stones offer deeper scratch patterns which leave a "toothy" edge under a microscope. Your 1200 will leave "toothiness" behind while a quick refinement on the 5k will still leave the teeth, albeit a bit polished, as long as you don't spend so much time on it to replace the 1200 scratch pattern. This process leaves a really workable edge...
Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:42 am
Melamplus thanks for the quick response. I'm looking forward to experimenting a little bit
Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:09 am
Did to mean stopping or stropping?
Stopping after the 1.2 would definitely leave you with a toothy edge, but likely too toothy.
Stropping on the other hand on the Rika 5k after your 1k stone, as long as you don't do too much as Mal pointed out, will leave you with a refined 1k edge which many, myself included really like. The key is to find out through experimentation how much stropping is right for you.
Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:55 pm
Another method is to refine the edge to your finest stone, then strop a few times on a lower grit stone.
You can also get a toothy edge on a very refined edge by using things like diamond sprays on felt. The sharp diamond particles leave scratches in the edge.
It's all a matter of how "toothy" you want your edge.
Personally, I've come to really like my diamond stropped, Naniwa Superstone 10k edge. Highly refined, yet still toothy to a slight degree.
Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:33 pm
Stop at #500 grit & thereafter some small, light swipes on any stones higher to just finesse the edge........
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