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Nanocloth plus 0.05 micron Polycrystaline diamond

Wed May 23, 2012 12:01 am

With the permission of one of my customers, I would like to post some pictures of a razor he honed. The pictures taken were all at the same magnification (400x) and the individual pictures denote the number of strokes used - for example 100x for 100 strokes, NOT 100x magnification..

First:
Chromium Oxide paste on Balsa 100 strokes

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Second:
1 micron CBN on Balsa 100 strokes

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Third:
0.5 micron CBN on Nanocloth over glass 100 strokes

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Fourth:
0.1 micron CBN on Nanocloth over glass 100 strokes

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Fifth:
0.050 Polycrystalline diamond over glass 150 strokes

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While some of the initial scratches remain from the coarser grits, look at the absolutely incredible level of finish! You can actually make out reflections at 400 x magnifications!

The level of finish at these higher grit levels clearly shows the importance of using a substrate that doesn't impart its own scratch pattern on the finish. This makes Nanocloth one of the finest available substrates for use with compounds available as this data clearly shows. What is also interesting is how a compound as fine as 0.050 micorns can actually clean up coarse scratches as much as it does too.

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Ken

Re: Nanocloth plus 0.05 micron Polycrystaline diamond

Fri May 25, 2012 8:00 pm

Hmm - surprised more interest wasn't generated with this topic.

Anyhow, I had an additional conversation with him and he seemed to get a slight improvement by spraying the nanocloth strop with a LIGHT mist of distilled water. Early finding, but it seemed to further improve the edge even more! I love my fanatic customers! This is something I'll be looking into. I suggested deionized water instead.

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Ken

Re: Nanocloth plus 0.05 micron Polycrystaline diamond

Sat May 26, 2012 8:24 am

The finish could have looked better if he had incorporated a 0.25µ progression between the 0.5µ and 0.1µ steps I reckon......

:)

Re: Nanocloth plus 0.05 micron Polycrystaline diamond

Sun May 27, 2012 12:28 am

Dammm that is smooth as a baby's bit. That is a great job as soon as I get my hand on that wonderful product of kens I will do my darnedest to make my razors like that. Jmbullman

Re: Nanocloth plus 0.05 micron Polycrystaline diamond

Sun May 27, 2012 1:55 pm

Guess my post disappeared :(

Anyhow I'd suggest intervening even earlier with 0.75 CBN or 1 micron CBN (or Poly diamond) but on nanocloth to get out those bigger scratches. I'm more and more appreciating using nanocloth over other substrates (excluding kangaroo) earlier on in the sequence to remove the scratches that may well be from other substrates.

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Ken

Re: Nanocloth plus 0.05 micron Polycrystaline diamond

Sun May 27, 2012 3:05 pm

Ken,

Did your customer comment on shaving comfort between the various mediums?

That last one is incredible indeed and I will have to try it.

Thanks for further rabbit hole depth.....:)

Re: Nanocloth plus 0.05 micron Polycrystaline diamond

Sun May 27, 2012 4:43 pm

...helllooo the depth is infathonable.........

:)

Re: Nanocloth plus 0.05 micron Polycrystaline diamond

Mon May 28, 2012 6:52 am

He did say something about 'resistance is futile'. There were lots of superlatives and thank yous :)

He did notice an interesting phenomena which was that if the nanocloth with the compound already on it from a previous usage was given a light misting with distilled water, it became more 'aggressive' or renewed. He sent me some additional pics that seem to confirm this. It is something I'll need to verify for myself. And so I too go further down the rabbit hole too.

Ken

Re: Nanocloth plus 0.05 micron Polycrystaline diamond

Mon May 28, 2012 1:08 pm

I've been stropping with the nano cloth for a while now on the edge pro with .25 micron diamond spray and it works really well. I've yet to try it free hand on the 3x8 glass plate. When you get into super fine stropping sprays you need a substrate that's neutral so it doesn't get in the way of the spray. This stuff shows no effect on the edge when used without compound. It's soft and kind of like velvet in feel. Once loaded the compound does all the work.

Re: Nanocloth plus 0.05 micron Polycrystaline diamond

Wed May 30, 2012 7:10 am

"Ken,

Did your customer comment on shaving comfort between the various mediums?

That last one is incredible indeed and I will have to try it.

Thanks for further rabbit hole depth.....:)"

Yes he did . I uploaded his video in another thread.

the-secret-to-creating-the-perfect-straight-razor-t346.html

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Ken
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