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Derek Cohen

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#1 posted 01-03-2018 09:06 PM

Col. Travis,

I ve basically been going 600 straight to 8k so far. It works ok too. I just wonder if I d see some benefit to going up to 1k then to 8 k?


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Brian, different stones are not going to get you sharper. Only a better technique will.

Stick with the King 1000, and Norton 4000/8000. That is all you need. Diamond stones are poor substitutes for waterstones. The grit in the diamond stones leaves deeper scratches, and these make it more difficult to move up to a higher grit.

Do not change your stones – at this time anyway. There is no magic bullet in a substitute stone. You need to make your stones work first – others have, so you know it is not the stones. Read my earlier post for tips on technique.

Regards from Perth


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