bearfacedkiller wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:39 pm
I consider the diamond/CBN mandatory if you don’t have the tools or ability to reprofile freehand and I consider the UF to be optional and somewhat of a novelty. You should be able to whittle hair with just the fine stones. The UF are cool with steels like VG10 and Super Blue but I personally wouldn’t bother using them with S110V.
Certain steels take a high polish better than others.
Either way, with proper technique, hair whittling sharpness is trivial to achieve with the brown medium sharpmaker rods.
The best setup, IMO, is a super aggressive diamond bench stone for reprofiling and repairing a damaged edge, plus the spyderco medium bench stone for the apex.
If you're not inclined towards free hand sharpening, then the sharpmaker + diamond or CBN rods is where it's at.
Use the brown rods for most knives, and the whites for blades you primarily use for push cutting.
If I were to do it over again I'd skip the UF rods and bench stone I bought, and probably my strop too. Fine is polished enough, and in fact is more polished than I want my EDC and other utility knives.
For most knives I prefer the toothier edge the brown rods leave. I have no issues getting any steel in my collection hair splitting sharp right off of them, no strop.
I think some people let themselves fall into a habit of relying on progressing to higher grits and / or stropping to remove the bur. Use a light touch and a consistent angle and you can get an edge free of a detectable burr with the naked eye using the brown rods.
Here's Cliff Stamp getting a nice edge from a brick, to drive the point home: