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Username Post: sharpening stone grit sizes/comparisons        (Topic#763651)
yuzuha
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03-21-06 15:41.42 - Post#888480    



People keep asking about how the grit sizes of stones compare so, I thought I'd start a link/info page. Post links, comparisons, stone/sharpener reviews.

Japanese waterstones use JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) for grading abrasives.
HERE is a chart showing the grit number and the average particle size in microns (millionths of a meter... for comparison the wavelength of red light is about 0.7 microns and blue light is about 0.4 microns). It also gives the range and error margins... i.e. a 1000 grit stone is 11.5 microns with a 1 micron error so half the particles fall between 10.5 and 12.5 microns. The rest of the numbers specify that only 3% of the particles can be bigger than 27 microns or smaller than 7 microns, and no single particle can be bigger than 32 microns or the batch can be rejected, though most Japanese manufacturers have tighter controls than the standards allow for). If I remember correctly the Shapton cream stone is 0.96 microns and their purple stone (30,000 grit) is about 0.4 microns. Generally you can guess the micron size pretty close by dividing 12500 by the JIS grit.

Here is a chart for DMT diamond plates DMT color code

A grit chart for diamond dust/paste diamond polish

A grit chart for Micro-mesh polishing papers micromesh

A comparison of different grit standards comparison chart (note, the sizes for JIS grits in this table are based on the old sedimentation tube method of measuring and are larger than the ones in my table)

A catch-all chart showing a little bit of everything A comparison of grit sizes of belts, wheels, stones and hones used in knifemaking, sharpening and woodworking.

Cbwx34's handy little comparison chart http://www.knifeforums.com/uploads/1136390328-ShrpnrCmpre4.JPG

A chart for Arkansas stones Dan's whetstones

Quietone's US / JIS grit chart http://www.knifeforums.com/uploads/1136458983-GritMicronJIS.gif

The grit sizes for Norton's India, Crystalon and waterstones are on page 2 of their PDF catalog Norton's stone catalog

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C_Dawg
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03-22-06 05:55.29 - Post#888831    


    In response to yuzuha

cool, thanks pam!

i've got a few to add, too, i guess.


this one has it all, with belt comparasons, 3m abrasives, even scotch brite pads! i like this one:

http://users.ameritech.net/knives/grits.htm


hmm, the others i have are either lost or the same ones as pam. oh well. hope you guys like the one i have : )
C-Dawg
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yuzuha
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05-09-06 13:13.54 - Post#926006    


    In response to C_Dawg

Here is another grit chart I put together including Shapton's new "glass stone" grit sizes (the Shapton calculated values are based on a formula derived from their glass stone sizes 14700/grit#) I also color coded it to show what grits they have available in pro and glass. I also included standard JIS values based on the old sedimentation tube method and the electrical resistance method (sans all the error values) and Norton's grit sizes from their catalog (though I'm told they produce a finer finish than you'd guess from their particle sizes)

http://members.cox.net/~yuzuha/jisgrit1.html

Pam a.k.a. 柚子葉
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hotsure kana
---Choko

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yuzuha
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05-11-06 11:53.35 - Post#927937    


    In response to Fish_n_Poi

Yeah, that is my old table that only shows the new JIS with all the error margins and statistical information.

The one I posted above is a new one that I just made that has all the shapton stones, the old JIS and the new JIS numbers, DMT and Norton stones on it.
Pam a.k.a. 柚子葉
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mi hatenu yume no
hotsure kana
---Choko

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I will not see to the end.
My dream is fraying.)


 
Fish_n_Poi
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05-11-06 12:07.29 - Post#927948    


    In response to yuzuha

Thanks Pam I was just doing some seaching and found that. I didn't know you had already posted it. I'll delete it.

Fish
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allumirati
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06-11-07 16:32.28 - Post#1249398    


    In response to Fish_n_Poi

Interestingly by the charts the Norton 8k shows 3 microns while it is advertised on some sites as 1.2 micron.
 
joe_c
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06-11-07 23:20.26 - Post#1249495    


    In response to allumirati

The Nortons 8K is about 3 microns.

Joe


 
allumirati
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06-12-07 02:59.40 - Post#1249616    


    In response to joe_c

So it's really comparable to a japanese 4k stone...would this make it unsuitable for a final finish if you were looking for a exeedingly sharp edge?
 
joe_c
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sharpening stone grit sizes/comparisons
06-12-07 06:57.18 - Post#1249806    


    In response to allumirati

There seems to be different micron sizes listed at different sites. All I can tell you is the 8K norton give a very high smooth shine to the edge.

The 4K and 8K stones are finish stones with the 8K more of a mirror finish than a 4K regardless of who makes it really.

Norton's Grit as listed at:

Tools For Wood Working
220 = 65 micron
1000= 14 micron
4000= 3 micron
8000= 1.2 micron

Craftsman Studio
220 = 65 micron
1000= 14 micron
4000= 6 micron
8000= 3 micron

Norton doesn't list micron sizes in their catalog at all that I can find. Both sites sell the same stones I might add.

Joe




Edited by joe_c on 06-12-07 06:57.52. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
jagstyle
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06-12-07 08:05.19 - Post#1249856    


    In response to allumirati

  • allumirati Said:
So it's really comparable to a japanese 4k stone...would this make it unsuitable for a final finish if you were looking for a exeedingly sharp edge?



the norton 8k can definitely produce an "exeedingly sharp edge". On a small (in width) bevel it looks and feels fully refined (polished). Should you desire a sharper edge, it works great to jump from the norton to a chromium oxide charged substrate (I use leather). Finer stones are not necessary unless you desire a full polish on a wide bevel and in that case the naniwa 10k works marvelously.
Eric


 


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