Sharpening Handbook - Grindstones and Other Sharpening Media: Quick Selection Guide Because sharp enough
... usually is not.

Recommended Sharpening Media
Material Type Activity
Honing Sharpening Shaping
High Carbon Steel
  • SJ-250 Japanese Waterstone

  • 3,000 grit ProEdge Trizact Belt

  • Leather honing wheel

  • Paper wheel
  • SG-250 Original Grindstone, graded fine
  • DE-250 Diamond Wheel Extra Fine
  • DF-250 Diamond Wheel Fine

  • 120 grit ProEdge Zirconium Belt
  • Pedia ProEdge Diamond Belt
  • 600 grit ProEdge Trizact Belt
  • 1,200 grit ProEdge Trizact Belt

  • 150 - 180 grit, very friable grindstone

  • 150 - 250 grit, sandpaper
  • SG-250 Original Grindstone, graded course
  • DC-250 Diamond Wheel Course

  • 60 grit ProEdge Zirconium Belt

  • 40 - 80 grit, very friable grindstone

  • <100 grit, sandpaper
High Speed Steel
  • SJ-250 Japanese Waterstone

  • 3,000 grit ProEdge Trizact Belt

  • Leather honing wheel

  • Paper wheel
  • SB-250 Black Grindstone, graded fine
  • DE-250 Diamond Wheel Extra Fine
  • DF-250 Diamond Wheel Fine

  • 120 grit ProEdge Zirconium Belt
  • Pedia ProEdge Diamond Belt
  • 600 grit ProEdge Trizact Belt
  • 1,200 grit ProEdge Trizact Belt

  • 150 - 180 grit CBN

  • 150 - 180 grit, very friable grindstone

  • 150 - 250 grit, sandpaper
  • SB-250 Original Grindstone, graded course
  • DC-250 Diamond Wheel Course

  • 60 grit ProEdge Zirconium Belt

  • <100 grit CBN

  • <100 grit, sandpaper
Steel with >3% Vanadium
  • SJ-250 Japanese Waterstone

  • 3,000 grit ProEdge Trizact Belt

  • Leather honing wheel

  • Paper wheel
  • DE-250 Diamond Wheel Extra Fine
  • DF-250 Diamond Wheel Fine

  • 120 grit ProEdge Zirconium Belt
  • Pedia ProEdge Diamond Belt
  • 600 grit ProEdge Trizact Belt
  • 1,200 grit ProEdge Trizact Belt

  • 150 - 180 grit CBN
  • DC-250 Diamond Wheel Course

  • 60 grit ProEdge Zirconium Belt

  • <100 grit CBN
Steel with Carbide Insert
  • SB-250 Black Grindstone, graded fine
  • DE-250 Diamond Wheel Extra Fine
  • DF-250 Diamond Wheel Fine

  • 3,000 grit ProEdge Trizact Belt
  • SB-250 Black Grindstone, graded course
  • DC-250 Diamond Wheel Course

  • 120 grit ProEdge Zirconium Belt
  • Pedia ProEdge Diamond Belt
  • 600 grit ProEdge Trizact Belt
  • 1,200 grit ProEdge Trizact Belt

  • 150 - 180 grit CBN

  • 150 - 180 grit, very friable grindstone

  • 150 - 250 grit, sandpaper
  • DC-250 Diamond Wheel Course

  • 60 grit ProEdge Zirconium Belt

  • <100 grit CBN

  • <100 grit, very friable grindstone

  • <100 grit, sandpaper

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Remember : The goal of sharpening is to produce sharp tools, and these tools can injure you if mishandled. Safety measures should be followed to protect yourself and those in your shop. Be sure to read and follow all instructions from the manufacturer, and and utilize proper safety equipment. Never consume alcohol or anything that could impair your judgement before sharpening tools, or using sharp tools. Comments can be sent via eMail to me at SharpeningHandbook@Gmail.com.