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Grinder Finishes ???

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Cushing H., Feb 25, 2020.

  1. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2019
    As I have played more with belt finishes, I have followed the comments of several here to bring the finish to something like a Gator A65, and then finish with a scotch bright belt.

    But ... the more I do this, the more I find myself just liking the Gator A65 finish better than the scotchbright (more uniform ... just looks better).

    Am I crazy? do any of you like the Gator finish better than the scotch bright? Is it worth sticking with the Gator, but going up to the next higher grit (A45, or A30)??
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  2. Jesse Latham

    Jesse Latham

    Jul 4, 2010
    I progress to a Gator A16 then use a 400g cork. I have scotch brights but they soften the lines and scratch the flats which are finished lengthwise above the bevels.
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  3. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    I really like a Gator A45, sometimes I’ll ScotchBtire after that sometimes I won’t.
  4. butcher_block


    Dec 6, 2004
    load your scotch bright (blue) with black buffing compound its a 2 part win. it refines grit scratches faster and leaves a bit of the waxes on the blade(great for carbon steels that flash rust fast
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