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#1 posted 03-24-2017 10:49 PM

Watch Paul seller s youtube vids. on sharpening, and the one where he compares 400 vs 1200 etc..
I use this to sharpen:

I bought 250, 400, 600 and 1000 grit belts.
It s basically a powered version of scary sharp system, or a worksharp alternative.

I would say 400 and 1K would be the bare minimum. Takes very little time and uses a tool I already have and the belts just become finer grit with use. My 1K is probably 1500 now. They don t get chewed up the way the scary sharp ones do, and last a very, very long time. I do the rounded bevel that Paul sellers does by hand.

Takes some practice, but once you get the feel it s quick and easy, I can get it more than sharp enough for my needs, which is an edge sharp enough to shave with. I was going to build a jig but got good enough results by hand that I really didn t need it.

People go nuts over sharpening, and I thought I needed all kinds of stones and rouge and everything else until I read a research paper (measurements, not opinion) that basically concluded 1K-1200 is about as fine as you need because finer edges dull so quick the benefit is marginal. You end up with a 1K edge after very little use.

Pual sellers claims 400 is good enough, given that they sand to 250 for finishing.

If you screw it up you can sharpen it some more and fix it.

At the end of the day:

Paul sellers with tools sharpened to 400 will still do better joinery than 99% of the rest of us with ones sharpened to 30K..

- mummykicks

Polishing wood and metal are 2 way different things. 1000k in paper is wayyyy finer than a diamond stone. If you mess up lapping an A2 chisel you will regret it. If you mess up sharpening it, it’s may not be a quick fix without a grinder.

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