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Quote from: John Hancock Sr on March 03, 2024, 11:14:20 PMYou can use pretty much any honing compound or paste on the wheel. In effect it is simply a leather strop glued to a round wheel so anything you use on a strop will work.
Green compound is often used. Thus is slightly finer than your Tormek paste and can be rubbed in just as you would on a strop. Again you need to apply with each strop process and clean the wheel regularly.
Another one is metal polish paste. This is slightly coarser than the Tormek compound and comes in small tubs. (Try and get the one without ammonia.)
Both of these would be much cheaper than the Tormek compound but in reality the Tormek compound should last a very long time.

I worry about the residual when changing grits of honing materials. I also use 1µ diamond on a separate wheel I use for just this grit.
Knife Sharpening / Re: New found touch
Yesterday at 06:39:36 PM
The FVB and guided honing was a major step up in my sharpening. Honing freehand and especially at a slightly increased angle from sharpening was a real challenge before the FVB.
I think the honing wheel works better when you just use a little bit. I may apply  little for the first knife but don't need anymore after that. In the top to bottom cost of all things Tormek the paste is near or at the bottom with respect to price.
I use the natural state for almost all of my initial sharpening, however, I do use the fine side and/or a diamond plate for finishing before honing. I don't do large a volume of knives at a time.
General Tormek Questions / Re: End Mill Sharpening
February 19, 2024, 08:11:55 PM
I would contact support and ask them. They will have more insight than us users.
Knife Sharpening / Re: affilatura coltelli
January 08, 2024, 08:08:30 PM
Manufacturers often post the sharpening angle on their website. For example Wusthof posts 14° per side and Japanese style at 10°. Survival and other knives normally are sharpened at a higher angle based on the expected task. Over time with the improvements in steels and user pressure manufacturers have seemed to be reducing the angle from the 20° we use to see.
Knife Sharpening / Re: Honing Steels...
January 05, 2024, 07:42:03 PM
I would like to see him try this on a properly sharpened knife that is a bit dull after repeated use. I use the steel daily before use very lightly to remove the nearly invisible corrosion and for sharp edge correction. To me it seems to improve the edge of my knives. If they are getting duller I have 2 ceramic rods that give me 1000, 2000 and 3000 grit. Both rods have a side with 2000. The next step is to return to the Tormek and resharpen. Using this method works for me.

One thing about his video is that he is using a knife that he either damaged or did not properly remove the burr. It would be interesting to see his testing on a properly sharpened knife that is used properly everyday.
Knife Sharpening / Re: Felt Wheel Deburring
January 02, 2024, 07:05:58 PM
I don't have a tester but I found the sharper you go the more you need to pay attention to the smallest details and technique. I only play with the extra work for my own knives. For my customers their knives are sharper than they were from the factory just using the standard stone wheel and leather strop with Tormek paste.
Knife Sharpening / Re: Felt Wheel Deburring
January 01, 2024, 08:10:57 PM
I finish with a strop. I have 2 Tormek leather wheels. First one uses Tormek paste and the second 1µ diamonds. You want to progressively use finer materials to deburr. My leather strop uses no abrasives.
General Tormek Questions / Re: New to the Forum
December 30, 2023, 07:00:32 PM
Welcome to the forum.
General Tormek Questions / Re: Season's Greetings
December 29, 2023, 07:34:53 PM
I hope everyone is having a good holiday season.

winter is a busy time as I try and get caught up with all my indoor tasks including knife sharpening for my customers. I am slow during the warm months as I like to get out and ride my motorcycle.
I don't have diamond wheels so I cannot answer your question.

One thing I have found is that many people put their water reservoir too high. This leads to spillage and water running where you don't want it. I keep mine as low as possible; with wheels that do mot absorb water I would keep it very low.
Knife Sharpening / Re: Confused Tormek User
November 23, 2023, 09:41:48 PM
I found that the sharpness of my knives was improved markedly when I started using a FVB (Front Vericle Base) for honing. I was able to accurately set the honing angle for almost all of the knives to 1.5 degrees more than the sharpening angle. I also have a second leather wheel treated with 1 micron diamonds that improves the edge a bit more. For my kitchen and butchering this is really not needed. Be wary of "toothy" edges they dull very quickly. I too use a ceramic rod occasionally and a steel every use.
General Tormek Questions / Re: Paint scrapers
October 21, 2023, 08:06:25 PM
I always thought paint scrapers were not supposed to be sharp. You don't want them digging into the wood. My best results have come from chemically softening the old paint then scraping it off.
Knife Sharpening / Re: Tormek CADs
October 16, 2023, 05:51:52 PM
I think your best approach would be to contact Tormek support with specific questions. Perhaps a picture indicating which dimensions you are after. They also may be interested in what you plan to make.