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If you like scalloped belts you are gonna love these

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by AVigil, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    I picked up some of the news Hermes 406 scalloped belts from TruGrit.

    $3 each is a great deal

    These are are about half the price of the Yellow Klingspoor scalloped belts, I use the yellow ones all the time but they are pricey for an AO belt.

    These Hermes Scalloped belts work great and at this price they are going to become a staple in my routine with handle work and sanding pivots pins.

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  2. A.McPherson

    A.McPherson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 27, 2012
    What is the advantage of scalloped belts?
     
  3. Aidenag

    Aidenag

    179
    Apr 16, 2009
    Handle shaping. And yeah the blue hermes are all ive been usin for handles for a loooong time now. Love em.
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2019
  4. Natlek

    Natlek

    Jun 9, 2015


     
  5. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    have you ever been sanding on your grinder and dug accidentally into the material?

    Scallop belt do not do that.
     
  6. Jason Volkert

    Jason Volkert KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    149
    Nov 25, 2018
    Do they come in 1x72?
     
  7. Storm W

    Storm W

    266
    Feb 19, 2019
    They do. I have got them through pops in the past.
     
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  8. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    The Hermes gray belts were much better than their regular red ones. Sounds like the blue ones might good too.
     
  9. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    I am not familiar of those but Hermes AO Blue 406JF and Brown 346mj are great AO belts and have become my go to belts after 50 grit ceramic
     
  10. Adam Buttry

    Adam Buttry

    573
    Nov 10, 2010
    Adam, what weight are these belts? J-Flex? Have you had any issues with really bad curling and/or cupping of these belts? I ask because, years ago I tried some Hermes AO J-flex belts
    that did this almost immediately. It was so bad, they were almost unusable. Don't remember the exact belt number, but they were blue on the abrasive side and yellow on the back like the one's you've shown. I haven't used any Hermes belts since.
     
  11. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    I use the blue/yellow for handle material and sometimes they curl, sometimes they do not. I use a lot of the Hermes brown 346 for grinding and curling is not a problem.

    These hermes scallop belt have not curled.

    I run my belts tight on the grinder with a glass platen and cupping has not been an issue even with belts that curled.

    When I do have a belt curl I put it under tension and let the grinder run for several minutes on high speed and this takes care of that.
     
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