Sharpmaker extra fine rods

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  1. tonymp

    tonymp

    129
    Jun 15, 2014
    I have a sharpmaker, I bought the extra fine rods which were marked red on the end, the red wore off the end and now the rods look the same, I can’t tell which ones are the extra fine or the fine, it’s hard to tell by feel, any suggestions?
     
  2. Mr.Wizard

    Mr.Wizard

    971
    Feb 28, 2015
    I only have a single "Fine" rod so I cannot compare them, but the Ultra Fine is supposed to be surface ground and probably has a slightly different texture pattern as a result. Try rubbing both with a pencil and see if any difference appears.
     
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  3. NORTHWEST_KNIFE_GUY

    NORTHWEST_KNIFE_GUY

    421
    Jul 14, 2017
    Have had a couple sets of the UF rods over the years and both sets had very fine / small notch(s) or grooves on the end as to where the fine did not.

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  4. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    Nail polish
     
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  5. tonymp

    tonymp

    129
    Jun 15, 2014
    ?????
     
  6. rpttrsn

    rpttrsn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    He doesn't know which is the ultra fine so it would be hard to put nail polish on the ultra fine until he determines which is the UF. After he does nail polish is a good suggestion. He could also grind a small notch in the UF on the end if he doesn't watch the color wearing off.
     
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  7. Bearbreeder

    Bearbreeder

    437
    Jan 9, 2018
    You should be able to tell by sharping a knife on it

    The ultrafine will feel like the knife is skating on glass

    White the fine will still feel like theres a bit of abrasiveness

    This is coming off the medium stone

    Might be easier to tell if you freehand with the rod
     
  8. kreisler

    kreisler

    521
    May 11, 2012
    it's maybe best to paint the fish hook groove with red nail polish?
     
  9. bill64

    bill64

    25
    Dec 7, 2009
    I have the same problem.Can't decide which is which!
     
  10. tonymp

    tonymp

    129
    Jun 15, 2014
    and what really sucks is if I buy another set, I don't know which are the fine so I may have to buy both sets, going by feel is harder than it sounds because there's only a 200 grit difference between them, when I think I made up my mind which is which I end up changing mind.
     
  11. rpttrsn

    rpttrsn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    The new ones should come with red ends.
     
  12. tonymp

    tonymp

    129
    Jun 15, 2014
    that's the problem, the red wore off, I marked a set with a sharpie in the fish hook area, after not using the sharpener for a while, I can't remember if I marked the ultra fine with the sharpie or the fine
     
  13. kreisler

    kreisler

    521
    May 11, 2012
    i can remember. you marked the ultra fine with the sharpie not the fine

    ;)
     
  14. rpttrsn

    rpttrsn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    Maybe you need to leave a note taped to the case or tell a friend which one you marked. Why would anyone mark the fine rods red when they know the ultra fine came with the red ends?
     

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