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 Post subject: Shapton vs Norton
PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:44 pm 

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Hello everyone, I have just joined the forum here. I was referred here by asking a question on another site. I have been looking at purchasing some higher grit hones. The two I have been looking at are Shapton and Norton in 4000 and 8000 grits. Is there anyone who has had both and/or can give an accurate comparison with the pros and cons of each?


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 Post subject: Re: Shapton vs Norton
PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:38 pm 
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The shaptons are excellent stones.

What do you have leading up to these.



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 Post subject: Re: Shapton vs Norton
PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:23 pm 
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I have all four, if you're talking about the Shapton glass stones. The Norton 8000 is a pretty good stone, but gouges very easily. I wouldn't use the Norton 4000 as a doorstop......

I believe you would be much happier with the Shaptons, if you've narrowed your choices to these two brands.

Much better feedback with the Shaptons, IMO. As far as polish/finish goes, the Norton 8000 may get the nod, but it's not worth the small bit of difference.

My $.02.............



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 Post subject: Re: Shapton vs Norton
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:21 am 

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The nortons aren't my favorite to say the least, but neigher are. Both lack good feedback. I still keep a GS1k in my kit for the moment tho.



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 Post subject: Re: Shapton vs Norton
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:58 am 
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STEPHEN <> I have Shapton Pros in 2k, 5k, 8k, & 15k, not Shapton Glass. I have a Norton 1k/4k combo, as well, but not an 8k.

I concur with Rich, in that, the Shapton stones are premium to the Nortons, at least the 4K that I can speak about. For me, hard steel has an undesirable feeling on the Norton 4k although I don't mind using it with it soft steel. It just doesn't produce as refined an edge as I would expect from a 4k.

Bear in mind, the Shapton Pros are hard stones which dampen feedback, but they are upper echelon performers & I recommend them over the Nortons. The Shapton Glass Stones, of which I have never used, are notably harder stones that extend even less feedback, and really excel in hyper-precise applications like jig systems.



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