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Agressiveness of edge after sharpening on Japanese stones???

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by lonestar1979, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. lonestar1979

    lonestar1979

    Mar 2, 2014
    I sharpen mostly on norton fine-coarse stone or sharpmaker white and gray stones and belt sander.Have a japanese stone but do not use it except for polishing scratches on blades as I prefer toothy agressive edge on my knives.I have a question for people that have more expensive Japanese stones and use it often,how agressive is the polished edge when sharpened on those stones,or it depends on steel type.For getting agressive toothy edge on Japanese stones should i use just low grit water stones ?Actually i have 2 waterstones,one is 1000-4000 and other is 3000.I mostly use norton sil carbide stone and love the edge it gets me,also sharpmaker for touchup and thats polished enough for me.Is it worth it to invest in Japanese stones if I just like and use medium polished and toothy edges?I know polished is better for push cutting but i dont do a lot of that in my knife uses.
     
  2. Spideyjg

    Spideyjg

    89
    Nov 7, 2017
    Get a 400 to 800 grit waterstone.

    Jim
     
  3. HeavyHanded

    HeavyHanded KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 4, 2010

    Waterstones come in a wide variety of hardness. I'm not sure if you will see a huge difference switching to waterstones to get the same finish you are already making, but some are capable of making real nice toothy edges.

    Another strategy is to lay in a coarse foundation grind and follow with a polishing grade microbevel. This allows you to customize the coarse edge, making one with plenty of along edge variation but thinner side to side. In my opinion this can give a performance boost to very coarse edges, and is a strategy more difficult to pull off with other abrasive types.
     
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  4. lonestar1979

    lonestar1979

    Mar 2, 2014
    I do not plan to invest too much in stones,as i have excellent results with norton and ceramics,but will try polishing the coarse edge little.Thx for reply.
     
  5. lonestar1979

    lonestar1979

    Mar 2, 2014
    i think agressiveness depends on type of steel too
     

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