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  • #26432
    Thomas
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    When I about my wicked edge Pro package 1 I opted to get the 1200 / 1600 ceramic stones in place of the leather strops. After using the wicked edge for a while I’m wanting to buy some leather strops to further polish the edge. I’m not sure which strops to buy going from the 1200 / 1600 ceramic stones. Should I by the 5 / 3.5 diamond paste strops or the 1 / .5 diamond paste leather strops after using the 1200 / 1600 ceramic stones?

    #26433
    Mr.Wizard
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    I have no experience with either of these specific products so take my opinion for what it’s worth.

    Grit recedes deeply into a soft substrate like leather therefore compounds act far finer than their particle size would suggest. Look at the micrographs provided[/url] for both the 1600 ceramic and 14 micron pasted strop. The 14 micron strop produces a far higher polish. Skipping it and attempting to jump to a finer compound i.e. 5 micron will probably not work as well as you would like, especially if your goal is a mirror polish. I recommend that you get the 14/10 micron strops to use after the 1600 ceramics.

    #26434
    Mark McClain
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    I agree totally with the 14/10 combo that is all you can afford to get. Honestly, after my ceramics, I use the 14/10 strop combo, Then I go to the 5/3.5 then I use the 1.05 and add two more with substrates of CBN. That’s just me you will do fine with that. Best of success.

    #26435
    Thomas
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    Thanks to both of you for steering me in the right direction.

    #28751
    Ian Minton
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    When I about my wicked edge Pro package 1 I opted to get the 1200 / 1600 ceramic stones in place of the leather strops. After using the wicked edge for a while I’m wanting to buy some leather strops to further polish the edge. I’m not sure which strops to buy going from the 1200 / 1600 ceramic stones. Should I by the 5 / 3.5 diamond paste strops or the 1 / .5 diamond paste leather strops after using the 1200 / 1600 ceramic stones?

    If I may offer some insight that has worked with me to get a mirror polish:

    I go through the routine of taking the edge up to 1000 on the diamond stones, then 1200/1600 ceramics. After that I strop with wet dry sandpaper: 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500.

    After that I use the leather strops with 5.0 and 3.5 and then another set with 1.5 and 0.5 paste. The results are quite fetching and the edge is very very sharp, but not toothy.

    Keep in mind- for me it’s a terrific edge for kitchen knives… For my Sebenza 25, 21, and Nyala it’s not the best utility edge. Most people will probably agree a toothier edge is better for outdoor use but of late I haven’t been out camping or fishing, and I won’t be hunting this year so food prep and light EDC carry is about all my knives are getting aside from the occasional yard and gardening work.

    #28756
    Kyle
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    If you can only get one I would suggest 14/10 micron. I did a test on a knife and jumped from the ceramics to 5/3.5, bypassing the 14/10 and while it was extremely sharp I wasn’t that satisfied so I jumped back to the 14/10 micron and the knife was CRAZY sharp after stropping with those. I then progressed to the 5/3.5 microns and had an insane edge.

    #28758
    Aaron
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    I have and use both, and am planning to buy the 14/10 as well.

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