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Recommendation? Is 36 grit worth it?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Looney36, Dec 2, 2019 at 10:19 AM.

  1. 12345678910

    12345678910

    Jul 13, 2009
    Don't stock up, get a few and try it.

    There's nothing like first hand experience with YOUR equipment and style.

    I personally don't like to go that coarse, except maybe on wood
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2019 at 11:24 PM
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  2. HSC ///

    HSC /// KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 7, 2012
    Is this the siabite? Like $13 each?
     
  3. Looney36

    Looney36 Beginner knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Basic Member

    55
    Mar 10, 2019
    Yes, but I can get them for the same price in CAD$
    Edit: add to that free shipping
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2019 at 5:46 PM
  4. Spideyjg

    Spideyjg

    236
    Nov 7, 2017
    Going from 50 to 36 is not going to be as dramatic as 80 to 36. Anything less than 80 is when you need a lot of material gone ASAP. A fresh 36 eats material like a kid on a bag of Halloween candy.

    I bust it out for major repairs like a broken tip chef knife grinding the front into a santoku.
     
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  5. Rhinoknives1

    Rhinoknives1 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 1, 2013
    I’ve found VSM and then Norton Budget Ceramic Belts to be the best value. I like 36 for Stainless Blade Steels & I grind after HT. My progression is 36, 60, 120 then to finishing belts. As stated , we all grind a little different . Try some ceramic 36 belts. They make my life easier!
     
  6. J. Hoffman

    J. Hoffman KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2011
    I use 36 to rough in my bevels. The way I grind I need to prevent heat, and 36 removes a lot of material with little heat.
     
  7. Looney36

    Looney36 Beginner knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Basic Member

    55
    Mar 10, 2019
    Thank you all for your input! I will try a couple 36 and see by myself.
     
  8. kuraki

    kuraki Fimbulvetr Knifeworks

    Jun 17, 2016
    36 grit belts when they've become useless for bevels and slow to profile still have a lot of life left in them for rough surface grinding with a hard contact wheel.
     
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  9. butcher_block

    butcher_block

    Dec 6, 2004
    im a 50 grit grinder but im running slower SFPM and im grinding 3/32 SS. if i wass hogging away thicker carbon steel sock and had a 3500rpm motor on my KMG then the 36 might make more sense
     
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  10. Robert Erickson

    Robert Erickson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 2, 2014
    I'll use 36 grit ceramic belts to rough in bevels when I'm using stock thicker than approx. 0.125". On thinner stock I rough them in with 50 or 60 grit because there's not as much steel to remove. I like the VSM XK870 that Pop's Knife Supply has.
     
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  11. Looney36

    Looney36 Beginner knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Basic Member

    55
    Mar 10, 2019
    Good to know guys, I'll definitely try a couple 36 grit, maybe for the thick stock like some of you suggested.
     

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