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 Post subject: Stone sufficiency
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:48 pm 

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I currently have shapton glass stones in 4000 and 8000. I also have the snow white stone. Have a balsa and a leather strop with boron carbide paste, 1 micron, and diamond spray in .25 micron. Is there anything else I really should have to recondition a straight, or just keep one shave ready? I've heard the diamond spray is not as desirable for straights as chromium oxide. Thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: Stone sufficiency
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:58 pm 

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Just read a similar post in sharpening. Might have answered my question. If you've got a different recommendation by all means chime in. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Stone sufficiency
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:34 pm 

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Location: Pensacola, FL, USA
For reconditioning, I'd add a 1k or maybe a 400 diamond plate to set the bevel.

If you stop at 8k, spend some time on the strop with the boron carbide and chromium oxide.


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 Post subject: Re: Stone sufficiency
PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:44 am 
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Diamond spray at particle sizes over .25 micron give a harsh shave. Beyond that it gets smoother and sharper. CBN in this range is a more comfortable edge. Chromium oxide gives a comfortable edge, but not as sharp as CBN or diamond in the finer grits.

For maintenance, I strop with 0.1 micron CBN or 0.025 micron polycrystalline diamond usually on Kangaroo, which gives me an optimal shave.

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 Post subject: Re: Stone sufficiency
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:08 am 

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Location: Arizona
I'm thinking about picking up the Snow White stone as well. If you can share how it is compared to the Shapton Glass stone I'd really appreciate it.


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 Post subject: Re: Stone sufficiency
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:02 am 

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The glass stone is much harder. When you use it there is not a lot of feedback and really no mud. There will be very slight swarf but not mud. It is convenient to use since it is splash and go and does do a good job for certain things. I prefer the Snow White. It is softer and produces a slightly creamy mud if you build it and work in it without watering it down. Does a great job with a high polish and has a much better feel IMO. I use it slightly differently between knives and razors. Depends on how much mud I build up.


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 Post subject: Re: Stone sufficiency
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:57 am 

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Thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my question. The answer you gave me helps a lot.


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