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Lansky white vs. blue stone comparison

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by olddogrib, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. olddogrib


    Apr 18, 2011
    I know there are better and way more expensive fixed angle sharpening systems out there, but the Lansky has served me well for many years. I have used the white stone for finishing until they recently came out with the blue "super sapphire" which is supposed to be even finer grit ( 1000 vs 2000, I think). I assume it's due to years of "polishing" through use, but the white seems to do a better job than the new blue at his point. If so, I assume the blue will "wear in " also.
  2. R.Kell628


    Dec 12, 2012
    I have been wondernig the same thing. Right now I have the diamond set (Course, Medium, Fine) and they have great for me. I was recently searching to try to find this answer and I read somewhere (cant remember where) that the blue saphire hone wasnt very quality. Some of the reviews I have read say that the surface is wavy and not flat. I seem to remember reading that the ultra fine (white) hone was 2000 grit and the super saphire (blue) is 2200? I could be wrong though, this is just what I remember reading. I would also be interested in hearing the comparison between the two.
  3. The spec'd 'grit' of the Lansky ceramic hones (Fine/UF/Sapphire) is hard, if not impossible, to specify. The product numbers of each of them might be a hint, however (Fine = 'LSS0600', UltraFine = 'LSS1000', Super Sapphire = 'LSS2000'). The 'grit' numbers are really only meaningful when comparing them to each other, instead of trying to compare with other brands or other abrasive types.

    I haven't used the Sapphire hone, but have been happy with the Fine/UF hones in the Lansky kit. The 'Fine' 600 hone (red/purple stone in dark blue holder) will begin to produce a hazy polish, and the 'Ultra-Fine' 1000 (white stone in yellow holder) will take it to a mirror, or very nearly so. More easily done when used with water. I've since also lapped my white 1000 hone with a diamond hone to flatten it, and it performs to a 'finer' degree than before, though I've no idea how that would compare to the Sapphire. Either way, I've never really felt the need to get the Sapphire.

    Last edited: Jan 12, 2013
  4. olddogrib


    Apr 18, 2011
    I agree, as I don't think there's any value added. When I follow white with sapphire, my perception is the edge is less refined. I'll use it for finishing broadheads and other soft metals. With use it may actually do a better job than the white, but not new. Disclaimer: my test of sharpness is what it has always been, a thumb tip dragged across the edge at right angles,(admittedly a difficult device to calibrate, but after 50 years astonishingly consistent!)

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