Yes, lately I have also been taking knives up to the 8k mark on a Norton stone. Turns out my technique is slightly flawed in that the fingers I use to guide the blade are awfully close to the cutting edge. On the courser stones this fault has never been apparent. For whatever reason, the 8k just gets the blade over the hump where that slight contact nips the skin on the tips of those fingers. Once I see that pink/red slurry, I just assume the knife is sharp and stop right away…. or at least shortly thereafter.
Originally Posted by onadraw
Give the stones a good rinsing too, I imagine dry blood can really clog up a stone
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