Which Honing Paste do YOU Use?

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Forum topic by amateur77 posted 12-06-2017 04:30 PM 615 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2017 04:30 PM

My setup currently is a 400 & 1000 Grit diamond stones , after that I give a better edge using Autosol paste buttered on a good flat hardwood (that’s what I already had) , the results are very OK!
However, I want to play around and I have an OCD around achieving the best I can :D I have a lot of time on my hands and I want to achieve the best edge one can possibly get just for the heck of it.

Which pastes in what succession would you recommend to achieve the best possible sharpness one can get after coming from a 1000 grit diamond?
Although the autosol gives rather ok results, I’m not really sure if it’s designed to be used as plane blade sharpener.

After doing some research I wanted to try myself to get a bit of the Green Paste ( Chromium oxide) and after that To finish the last step using the red JEWELLERS Rouge (Irod Oxide).
However I’m sure there’s a better combo… Would be cool if someone could share his methods/steps.

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#1 posted 12-06-2017 05:49 PM

My take on sharpening is; a honing paste will give a sharper edge to a tool, but not necessarily a longer lasting edge. Honing paste will remove miniscule amounts of metal and the edge will feel sharper, but in actual use, the edge will not last any longer. In fact, after the first few cuts, the edge will be as sharp as it was before honing. This is not a proven fact; just an educated guess.

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#2 posted 12-06-2017 06:43 PM

I use the green stuff on a flat board to touch up an edge. I get blades sharp as needed on a 8000 wet stone?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 12-06-2017 07:06 PM

I use a Green Honing Compound stick on my cotton buffing wheel that I mounted on my converted belt sander/sharpening system. Works great and it is very quick and easy.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 12-07-2017 09:31 AM

Currently, t-cut metal polish on a leather strop.

-- If I say I'll fix something around the house I will, there is no use nagging about it every 6 months.

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#5 posted 12-07-2017 10:30 AM

Green stick on leather. But, I agree with MrRon. It’s largely a waste of time. Looks nice, though.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 12-07-2017 01:35 PM

I hear a lot of people claim that a more polished edge will stay sharp longer, but I don’t have any facts to back it up. It stands to reason that an edge polished to a finer grit would have less facets that could fracture and chip off, but again, I have nothing to go on other than guessing.

You plan on using red rouge after green compound, is red any finer?

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