I understand that you are not willing to say that the ceramics are the same as 1200 grit, or the same as 2500 water stone or the same as a 3µ particle. Because saying any of those things would just not be accurate, and would be the same as using a unit of weight to describe distance. “I live 12 pounds 7 ounces from Spyderco”. And describing these things as something they’re not would be deceiving, and I think we all know that being deceiving is something you are not capable of.
But the problem still remains as to how to describe the ceramics, and where do they fit in the big picture. The store that I work at (nationwide woodworking supply store) we carry something in the neighborhood of 40 different bench stones; ceramics, water, Arkansas, diamond, and others. I noticed the other day that the shelf labels for the Spyderco ceramics have a grit listed with them, and these same numbers are used in the web page descriptions also. From the web page- Spyderco Bench Stone Ultra Fine/2000 Grit 2" x 8", there we go again, apples and oranges.
In my travels on the ‘net I found this table that kind of puts things into perspective as to where all these stones fall, whether or not it’s accurate is another question. But I think this is the kind of answer the original poster, and some of my customers, are looking for, and is the comparative info that NJ was trying to convey.
It is important to me to know that the difference between a Spyderco fine and ultra-fine stone is the surface preparation of the stone, much like the difference between a 2nd cut file and a bastard file is the surface preparation of the steel. But I would also like to know that Soft Arkansas, Lansky Fine Hone, Ultra Fine Scotch-Brite Pad, and Spyderco Medium Ceramics are all going to do similar things to an edge on steel. My problem is I’m not in a position validate these statements. Do you think your products are accurately placed on this table? If they’re even close I’m going to print this list and drop it in my apron at work.
Thanks for your time,
Last edited by rescueseven; 01-02-2008 at 07:19 AM.
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