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The CBN stones I bought did not have an aluminum plate. Owner of Practicalsharpening told me not needed, he's right.

Ya, I've looked at the Bess tester... I'm good with the Rizla test. Get an edge to crosscut/push cut, very very fine edge.
 
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Well over 30 knives using the CBN stones. 30V, 35V, 90V, 110V, 4V, M4, M390.... The 110V and M4 are my knives, sharpened them a few different ways. The more I use the CBN stones, the more I like them. They do a fantastic job on the "Super" steels. The stones don't clog or build up, great feel....

https://www.practicalsharpening.com/edge-pro/

Getting great cutting results with a simple polished toothy edge. 300 grit, 700 grit then .25 diamond emulsion on a Nano cloth strop. Really like this edge on these steels. On my M4 have stropped it to .025, silly fine edge. BUT, I know that very fine edge is going away fast. Still fun!

Mentioned in a above post I geeked out and ordered some Rizla+ cigarette paper for a standard test media. About out of arm hair! Learned about using the paper here.

http://knifegrinders.com.au/Ma.../Sharpness_Chart.pdf

Long Push cut I believe is plenty sharp for a "working" knife, EDC or kitchen, easy shaving sharp. Both my knives in 110V and M4 will easily long cut with a simple 300/700/.25 strop edge. You know I'm going to try the cross cut! Three knives have passed that with just a smidge of tear. My favorite knife, our 210MM Gyuto freshly sharpened, my Spyderco PM2 in M4 and one that surprised me a Zero Tolerance 0770CF in 35V.



The PM2's sure have a heck of a point on them, challenge to keep it.....


I finally got my Rizla papers to use as sharpness testers. I thought it was a little funny that they came from England labeled as a "Children's Toy"! ;-D
I would have never realized how good a test they were for super sharpness until I tried them. Thank you again for the recommendation! Just seeing your pictures I don't think most people realize how hard it is to cut such a thin paper cleanly. I've never smoked weed or loose tobacco so I had no idea about the papers. I didn't have any idea of how good a sharpness tester they were until I tried them at your recommendation.

It did remind me of a funny story. I used to be a pretty serious Armor Modeler and I was looking for fine screen to use as a vent cover on one of my Tank Models. After I couldn't find any fine enough at the hardware store one of my buddies suggested I check the local head shop for Bowl Screen. So we went to the local head shop and I walked up and asked the old half wasted psychedelic dude behind the counter if he had any brass bowl screen available. He said he did and asked what size I wanted. I held my hands out in a circle and asked him if he had any in 8 inch diameter...... His eyes widened and he looked up at me like I was a Prophet!! ;-D ;-D


Remember, this is all supposed to be for fun...................
 
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Cool you got the Rizla papers! Makes a great test media. I've given a few packs away to other sharpeners. Hey bud, wants some rolling papers?!

Good story going into the pot shop.

This is the sharpest knife in our house, Watanabe Aogami #2. Just re-sharpened it. Sharpens easy compared to the V's. Shapton 500, Chosera 1000, Shapton 5K, 8K a few passes with 1/.10 micron strops. Silly wicked sharp. Fun Stuff!



Sure would like to have a knife like this in a super steel. Creely has offered chef knives in Rex 121, maybe I'll give him a call!
 
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Here's another one! Sharpened this PM2 Maxamet for a friend. He asked for a polished edge, OK.

Matched the factory angle of 34 degrees. CBN 300/700/1500, Spyderco UF, Basswood strops 4/1 micron, Kangaroo strops .25/.10/.025.

Very fine edge, best crosscut test so far of any knife I've sharpened.


 
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OK see if I can finally post one. I got burned by Photobucket so I just tried the image hosting site you used :-)


This is a 110V Spyderco Military. I used the Venev 3 stone 6 grit set + the 1200grit OCB diamond Venev edge pro style stone. Then Balsa stropped .75 CBN




It's a working knife so yes the tip is doinked a bit and it needs a little cleanup.

I easily could have stopped it 3 grades finer but I wanted to see how good an edge I could get relatively quickly. I love the Venev 3 stone 6 grit set. They are a bargain if you can use stones without the aluminum backing. The REAL star of ALL the different stones I've bought over the last year is the Venev OCB 1200 grit! Most diamond and CBN stones tend to leave random scratches for me. The OCB stone leave a smooth Mirror finish with very few to no scratches when I look at it in my Microscope. It's also about 1/3rd the price of the Metallic Bonded CBN stones. It left a MUCH more polished finish than the 2000 and 5000 CBN Organic stones I tried on another knife. If went to the 5000 CBN and then the 1200 OCB left a much higher polish finish. Grit sizes can be deceiving.

I've ordered the 800grit OCB Venev diamond and look forward to reporting on it. If it cuts fast enough it might be a great 2 stone combo for less than $100. We'll see. So far I've been disappointed with the CBN stones, especially as expensive as they are. I'll keep trying to get them to work better so we'll see. VERY Pleased with the Venev diamond stones much to my surprise. ;-D


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djpaintles,

edge looks great! S110V is not easy to sharpen, not a forgiving steel if you rush through a stone/grit.

I had the same experience with the 3000 and 5000 CBN stones. Wasn't happy with them for polishing. Why I bought the Spyderco UF, it works well followed by a pile of strops for a mirror finish. Going to resist the OCB stones, for now! For my own knives I do prefer a polished toothy edge.

I sharpened four knives yesterday, all 30V. Knives are hard use, mechanic friends cutting everything and anything. Did a dirtball simple edge. 300 CBN/1 Micron Basswood strop. Didn't quite pass the rip cut, almost. Great bite to the edge though. One of the tips looked like your tip! Hard use working knife, not going to grind it away to fix it.

I have 3 Nano cloth strops (.25, .10, .025 Emulsion) on aluminum plates I'm not using. Haven't got the hang of using them. Both Ken Schwartz and JendeIndustries swear by them for the finer microns. Yours if you want them.
 
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Kind offer Offgrid! My Email is in my profile. Send me an Email and we can exchange addresses. I might have a thing or two you might be able to use also. :-)


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Offgrid, Thanks for the Strops! I just got them out of the mail today. I'm looking forwards to trying them on my next knife. I really appreciate you sending them to me. PS you might check your P.O. Box in a couple days........ ;-D


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PS you might check your P.O. Box in a couple days........ ;-D


Thanks!
 
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Sharpened a pile of knives over the weekend including my PM2 Maxamet. Once again very simple 300/700 grit CBN/1 Micron strop. Easily passes the cigarette paper rip cut test. I've been tempted to grind a sharpening choil on my PM2's, keep the bevel reveal perfect heel to tip.

Plopped down a deposit on a Creely Mako in Rex 121, look forward to messing with it.

 
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