Sharpening Stones

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Rob K. Angellatta

Feb 10, 1994, 2:56:56 PM2/10/94
There have been some recent discussions on tool sharpening and
on various sharpening stones. The following information borrowed
from Patrick Spielman's _Sharpening Basics_ (published by Sterling
Publilshing Co. 1991) may be of interest.

Japanese waterstone grit designations do not correlate with the
conventional United States grit designations. The following table
compares the Japaneze and United States grit numbering systems
and the range of designations for various types of abrasives.

U.S. Japanese
_Abrasive Stone Type_ _Grit_ _Grit_

Coarse SiC, Coarse AlO 100 150
Medium SiC 180 240
Medium AlO, Coarse Diamond 240 280
Fine SiC, Fine AlO 280 360
Medium Diamond 320 500

Washita 350 600
Soft Arkansas 500 1000-1200
Hard White Arkansas 700 2000
Fine Diamond, Medium Black Ceramic 600-700 2000
Hard Black Arkansas 900 4000

Ultra-Fine White Ceramic, Extra-Find Diamond 1000-1200 6000

SiC = Silicone Carbide
AlO = Aluminum Oxide


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