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Old 07-19-2006, 09:16 AM
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Default abrasive grade for burke system

I was looking into the burke sharpening system amd was wondering what grits most are using for the two abrasive wheels before going to leather or buffer?
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Default Re: abrasive grade for burke system

I have been using 120 and 240 grit.
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:52 AM
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Default Re: abrasive grade for burke system

What kind of grit do you use on the leather strop and buffing wheels?
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Default Re: abrasive grade for burke system

I use white rouge.

You can use whatever you have as long as it will stay on the wheels.
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Default Re: abrasive grade for burke system

isn't there a big transition gap going from the 240 grit wheel to the buffer?
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Default Re: abrasive grade for burke system

I suppose there would be if you didn't use your sharpener very often.

When I am sharpening, I usually change abrasives 2-3 times a day.
The 240 grit goes to about 320-400 grit in just a few minutes; by the time I need to replace the abrasive it is probably 600-1000 grit.

If I were to start with something like 400 grit, I would need to change abrasives every half hour.

Also I don't go from 240 to buffer, I have a sisal wheel with compound that I use
between them. This takes out most of the scratches before buffing to a mirror finish.

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Default Re: abrasive grade for burke system

thanks for the reply.
I was wondering about that gap. Are you using emery paste on that sisal wheel?
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Default Re: abrasive grade for burke system

Go to "Buffing Wheels" and look for the sisal wheel.
http://www.texasknife.com/store/s-pa...frameStore.htm
Texas Knifemakers also supply me with the sewn muslin buffing wheels for polishing.

Go to "Buffing compounds" look for the 925 Dark Grey compound I use on my sisal wheel.
http://www.texasknife.com/store/s-pa...frameStore.htm
I use the Pink No-Scratch on my polishing wheel.

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Old 07-24-2006, 10:07 AM
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Default Re: abrasive grade for burke system

thank you very much
I will try that sisal wheel
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Default Re: abrasive grade for burke system

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Originally Posted by rick-in-seattle
When I am sharpening, I usually change abrasives 2-3 times a day....
Kind of an old thread, but I did a search, and my question seemed best answered here.

I'm curious how your setup is on how you change out your abrasives? I bought a used Burke system, and the paper that's on it is glued on... doesn't seem that easy to change out.

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