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Old 12-31-2017, 08:04 AM   #1
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New KME Accesories and Stones

Well, now that I am hooked on the pursuit of all things ever-sharper, yesterdays Amazon delivery was my x-mas gift to myself. OK, at least one of them.

Some general additions to the Ďkití are a few more Kangaroo strops, for various Schwartz emulsions, a low-profile set of jaws for the KME rig to enable doing pen knives, a small bottle of 0.1 micron CBN (just because) and a micro-fibre strop for 1 micron stropping.

I also picked a number of various types of stones, such as:
- Chinese Bluestone, rated at 5000g
- Baikalite, rated at 8000g
- Idahone, rated at 800g
- Belgian Bluestone, rated at 3-4000g
- Sungari, rated at 4000g
- still waiting for the Jasper stone to ship, which is rated in the 10-12kg range.

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Already switched out the low-profile jaws and mounted my dadís old pocket knife, so letís see what this stuff can do.
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The KME system offers multiple ‘jaws’ for various purposes. The standard jaws will handle most knives, fixed or pocket. They also just released a set of jaws for scissors, which I may pick up to keep my wives sewing/quilting scissors in proper shape.

For small ‘pen knives’ KME came out with what they call low-profile jaws. In the following picture you will see they are about 1/3 narrower and my guess, about 1/2 the thickness versus the standard jaw set.



In this picture, I have my dad’s old pocket knife mounted in the new low-profile jaws and put one of the standard jaws on top for comparison. You can actually see on the old jaw what happens if you try to do small blades, shaving the leading edge with the stones.

Let’s see how this works out.
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Nice.
I want to get these. They are meant for dogs but come in several sizes for humans too.
Beings mine are broke, I want a new big set.




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The first blade on Dad’s old Buck 313 is done. This one took a little bit of bevel reset with the KME Gold Diamond 300 hone. These are thin blades, and softer steel compared to some of the stuff available today, so no need to go to a coarser hone.



This moved fairly smoothly through the grits, stepping through the new 600 ceramic hone, then 1500 KME Gold Diamond, Belgian Blue, Sungari, Chinese Blue and finally the Baikalite. All of the stones above the 1500 are water splash-and-go, so no need to soak, which is a time saver. The Belgian & Sungari will give off a very slight swarf but the last two really do not.

The 2nd blade is actually pretty sharp, but I am going to check the bevel and then progress up through the new stones. I’ll post a last pic when this blad is done.
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OK, I have finished both blades. The 2nd blade, as I mentioned, was in pretty good shape. A quick bevel set at 600g and then ran through the new stones, up to the Baikalite at 8000g.



I have a few more of these smaller format knives. I will have to experiment with these new stones in the mid-range (1500-8k) and then move back to the Suehiro’s (10/15/20k) for the finish polish.
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Nice.
I want to get these. They are meant for dogs but come in several sizes for humans too.
Beings mine are broke, I want a new big set.
OK, I walked right into this one. :-)
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OK, I walked right into this one. :-)


Yep! Lmao!


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