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#1

That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
Hi folks!

Im looking to get some opinions on inexpensive options for natural finishing hones. I have Naniwa Super Stones up to 10k and a single hard natural, ceramic-type waterstone, but that is only getting me to about 12k.

So Im interested in inexpensive natural options for something in the 15-20k range that isnt going to rupture my wallet and cause me to hemhorrage into homelessness. Natural stones get expensive quickly in this range, and I am definitely at the poor end of the financial spectrum.

Im really not wanting a super high grit synthetic. I will eventually pick up the Naniwa 12k, but I really want to finish on a natural stone, as they tend to "soften" the edge for a more comfortable shave.

Anyhow...any input you folks might have to offer will be greatly appreciated!

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#2
Bad dad,the type 100 from www.japanesenaturalstones.com is excellent. Wait until it comes into stock. Or a little wakasa koppa from www.aframestokyo.com is reasonable. Or use lapping film in the 1 micron range for a very cheap option. Or go with pasted strops or balsa.

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That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
Excellent! Thank you for pointing me in that direction! The type 100 with a Nagura stone(that's what you use to raise a slurry, right?) is exactly what I am looking for)I think), so I will likely try to get one when they are in stock. I appreciate it!

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#4
Personally, I just go straight from 12k Naniwa to chrox on the back of the fabric strop. You're already well polished at 12k and the chromium oxide will add that little extra shine or allow you to touch up an edge for very little money. You could also go with diamond paste or spray or lapping film. All those options work well and don't cost nearly as much a 15-20k stone.

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That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
(05-03-2016, 03:24 AM)Uzi Wrote: Personally, I just go straight from 12k Naniwa to chrox on the back of the fabric strop.  You're already well polished at 12k and the chromium oxide will add that little extra shine or allow you to touch up an edge for very little money.  You could also go with diamond paste or spray or lapping film.  All those options work well and don't cost nearly as much a 15-20k stone.

The more I read around, the more I find this to be the case for most people. I have a balsa strop with chromium oxide on one side and iron oxide on the other, so I am not going to be in a big hurry to get another stone. I do still want to pick up a Japanese natural stone(is that what Jnat means?) or 2 in the future, but really, who doesn't? lol

Thanks for the input. I really appreciate it!
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#6
Here's what you need: https://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/New-O...e-W81.aspx

Unfortunately, it was only available on April 1.

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That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
(05-03-2016, 04:07 PM)Uzi Wrote: Here's what you need: https://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/New-O...e-W81.aspx

Unfortunately, it was only available on April 1.

That's hilarious!! Thanks for sharing that!
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#8

Posting Freak
Canada
(05-03-2016, 04:07 PM)Uzi Wrote: Here's what you need: https://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/New-O...e-W81.aspx

Unfortunately, it was only available on April 1.

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#9
My preference is coticules, as I mentioned in a PM to you. Pretty inexpensive, especially if you're comfortable with odd sized and shaped stones. Most of the ones I use are in the 45-55 dollar range, and that's buying brand new.

It's a lot more reliable on feedback, but the edges are superb.

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That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
(05-05-2016, 02:28 AM)explodyii Wrote: My preference is coticules, as I mentioned in a PM to you. Pretty inexpensive, especially if you're comfortable with odd sized and shaped stones. Most of the ones I use are in the 45-55 dollar range, and that's buying brand new.

It's a lot more reliable on feedback, but the edges are superb.
This is where I need to start doing more research, because Im just not sure what that exactly is.

I did find a guy on etsy that lives in Wales and sells slate stones that I was thinking of trying. They werent too expensive, and were a high grit progression, so I figured they might be fun to try out...

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