- Jan 14, 2021
John What do you think are the best ways for sharpening carbide gravers for mirror finish and what would you say the best sharpening stones are to use
Cool mate I'll take a look at those I just bought something similar on ebay a yellow and white rubber impregnated diamond wheel do you add any micron paste to yours also what's your thought on a ceramic sharpening stone as I don't have a power hone I use the pillar drill and diamond wheel until I can afford oneFor sharpening my gravers to a mirror finish I use diamond wheels for my micromotor/ pendant motor. You can buy them at most jewelry supply houses. Also in the UK. There are 3 grits.
I use them after I have made the shape of the graver I want on my powerhone. Then I switch to the diamond wheels under my Microscope. Recently brought a Bofa air filtering unit so I wont be breathing in the carbide and metal dust.
Here is a link to 1 UK supplier:
Edenta CeraGloss/SuperMax Wheels products category, Mounted Abrasive Wheels and Points | Jewellery Tools & Equipment, Clockmakers & Watchmakers Tools, Horologists | HS Walshwww.hswalsh.com
I got the Yellow, Green and Blue ones. From EDENTA, not the mounted one for 14 quid!
This particular stone may be red, but I seriously doubt that it is a ruby stone. If it was, it would say so and cost more. Look at ruby sharpening stones on the Amazon site and Gesswein site. A FINE ruby stone will put a mirror finish on a pistol sear, which is where I first used them. They are expensive, but they last forever with proper care. ALWAYS use them with appropriate lubricant, so that they don't load up.From back in my moldmaking days, I have a fine ruby whetstone that works great for polishing gravers.
When I bought it, it cost more than gold per ounce.
Now you can buy this for $7 US?
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