Sharpening Grit Progression for All Wicked Edge Abrasives

Sharpening Grit Progression for All Wicked Edge Abrasives

When determining the best grit progression to use you must first identify the material of the abrasive you are using. For the most part, you’ll want to progress from hard materials to soft ones, especially with coarser grits.Then, progress within those materials from coarser grits to finer grits.

When considering Wicked Edge abrasives, this is the material progression to use: Diamond > Ceramic > Balsa Strops > Lapping Films > Leather Strops > Kangaroo Leather Strops > Nano-Cloth Strops (steps can be omitted)

The progression through the grits is generally coarse to fine, but isn’t always linear. At times, you may jump backward to a coarser grit when you change abrasives or substrates to something that is softer. In the list below you’ll see that the grit progression moves from the 1.4 micron ceramic stones to the 0.6 micron ceramic stones (Microfine Ceramic Stones Pack) and then to the 14 micron diamond paste on balsa (14/10 Micron Diamond and Balsa Strops pack). In a numeric progression, 14 would be courser than 0.6. However, because the materials are changing from a hard ceramic to a softer balsa with a 14 grit diamond paste, the 14 would come after the 0.6.

It’s okay to skip steps and jump over one or two of these abrasive materials when progressing, but keep in mind the more steps you use, the better your finishes will be. Determining which abrasive to use and which ones to skip over depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If you’re sharpening a knife that is used on a regular basis (think pocket knives or kitchen knives) you’ll want a sharp working edge but probably don’t need to spend time working with abrasives that are suited mostly to polishing. A good progression for this type of edge would be as follows.

100 Grit Diamond Stone>200 Grit Diamond Stone>400 Grit Diamond Stone>600 Grit Diamond Stone>800 Grit Diamond Stone>1000 Grit Diamond Stone>5.0/3.5 Diamond and Leather Stops Pack

On the other hand, if you want your knife to have a polished or mirror finish to the edge, you’ll want to follow a grit progression that’s more like this.

100 Grit Diamond Stone>200 Grit Diamond Stone>400 Grit Diamond Stone>600 Grit Diamond Stone>800 Grit Diamond Stone>1000 Grit Diamond Stone>1500 Diamond Stone>2200 Grit Diamond Stone>3000 Grit Diamond Stone>Glass Platen with 3 micron diamond lapping film>4.0/2.0 Diamond Emulsions and Leather Strops Pack

The overall grit progression, which includes every abrasive Wicked Edge offers, is shown below. The abrasives we use most often are listed in blue. Exceptions to the above guidelines are noted.

 

50 Grit Diamond Stone – Hard Abrasive / Hard Substrate

80 Grit Diamond Stone – Hard Abrasive / Hard Substrate

100 Grit Diamond Stone – Hard Abrasive / Hard Substrate

200 Grit Diamond Stone – Hard Abrasive / Hard Substrate

400 Grit Diamond Stone – Hard Abrasive / Hard Substrate

600 Grit Diamond Stone – Hard Abrasive / Hard Substrate

800 Grit Diamond Stone – Hard Abrasive / Hard Substrate

1000 Grit Diamond Stone – Hard Abrasive / Hard Substrate

1500 Grit Diamond Stone – Hard Abrasive / Hard Substrate

2200 Grit Diamond Stone – Hard Abrasive / Hard Substrate

3000 Grit Diamond Stone – Hard Abrasive / Hard Substrate

1200 Grit Ceramic Stone – Medium Abrasive / Hard Substrate

1600 Grit Ceramic Stone – Medium Abrasive / Hard Substrate

1.4 Micron Ceramic Stone – Hard Abrasive / Hard Substrate

0.6 Micron Ceramic Stone – Hard Abrasive / Hard Substrate

14 Micron Diamond Paste on Balsa Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

10 Micron Diamond Paste on Balsa Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

5 Micron Diamond Paste on Balsa Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

3.5 Micron Diamond Paste on Balsa Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

1 Micron Diamond Paste on Balsa Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

0.5 Micron Diamond Paste on Balsa Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

9 Micron Aluminum Oxide Lapping Film – Hard Abrasive / Medium Substrate

9 Micron Diamond Lapping Film – Hard Abrasive / Medium Substrate

6 Micron Diamond Lapping Film – Hard Abrasive / Medium Substrate

5 Micron Aluminum Oxide Lapping Film – Hard Abrasive / Medium Substrate

3 Micron Aluminum Oxide Lapping Film – Hard Abrasive / Medium Substrate

3 Micron Diamond Lapping Film – Hard Abrasive / Medium Substrate

1.5 Micron Diamond Lapping Film – Hard Abrasive / Medium Substrate

1 Micron Diamond Lapping Film – Hard Abrasive / Medium Substrate

14 Micron Diamond Paste on Leather Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

10 Micron Diamond Paste on Leather Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

5 Micron Diamond Paste on Leather Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

3.5 Micron Diamond Paste on Leather Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

4 Micron Diamond Emulsion on Leather Strop (Exception) – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

2 Micron Diamond Emulsion on Leather Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

1 Micron Diamond Paste on Leather Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

1 Micron Diamond Spray on Leather Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

0.5 Micron Diamond Paste on Leather Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

0.5 Micron Diamond Spray on Leather Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

1 Micron Diamond Emulsion on Leather Strop (Exception) – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

0.5 Micron Diamond Emulsion on Leather Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

0.5 Micron Diamond Lapping Film (Exception) – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

0.25 Micron Diamond Spray on Kangaroo Leather Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

0.125 Cubic Boron Nitride Spray on Kangaroo Leather Strop – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

0.1 Micron Diamond Lapping Film (Exception) – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

0.05 Micron Polycrystalline Diamond Spray on Nano-Cloth – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate

0.025 Micron Polycrystalline Diamond Spray on Nano-Cloth – Hard Abrasive / Soft Substrate


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