Them extra fines go good with cheese or red eye gravy..moses said:I miss grits. I love grits. I live in NYC. People here don't even know what grits are.
Size depends on the type of grit. your basic storebought grit is fairly small, and very uniform in size. Stone ground grits tend to be a little larger, with much more variation in size, creating a more interesting texture when eaten.
Frankly I would stay away from those grits you're talking about. Never heard of grits from Spyderco, but extra fine isn't a good thing, unless your in a blasted hurry to cook them, and synthetic grits?!?!?! bleh.
I've heard various numbers, but I believe the Spyderco rep said it was around 2,000. Not sure how correct this is, or which system (U.S. or Japanese) he was referring to, but mine works great on my straight razors. It travels better than a Norton (ask me about my poor shattered 4k/8k....great hone, but I guess I had to learn somehow) and can be used dry.
In practice, it seems to work somewhere in the ballpark of the 4k side of the Norton, because my travel hone set consists of it and a cushion hone-strop (thanks Tony Little) for finishing, and usually this is all I need to get in business.
At home I can play with the Belgian hones, or other Barber hones, etc but that Spyderco is just plain reliable and does a great job.
Sorry, I guess I could've just typed 2,000.....
One would think so. However, as I have both, I can assure you that surprisingly, the Spyderco hone performs on a par with the 4k side of the Norton. Perhaps it is due to the difference in grit size reporting, U.S. vs Japanese, as posted above. The Spyderco cuts sufficiently slow that it is still a good deal of work to get rid of the sizable nicks. I almost think the Norton 4k cuts those a little faster; If the razor is ESPECIALLY bad, I've been known to use a 1200 grit stone until the nick is ALMOST gone, then switch to the Spyderco or the Norton.thestubblefactory said:I think the Spyderco would be a bit rough for straights unless you bought an old one that had some sizable nicks in it. Then the Spyderco would be good for repair. But for everyday honing I would stick to the 4000/8000
if that's true WHOO HOO!!
Mine only cost me around 20 bucks...
Couldve sworn it was 2K, though; I've been using it in lieu of my 4k side on the Norton (which poor thing, was shattered after not doing well during helicopter transit...lol long story)
I will be buying another Norton, but in the mean time, the Spyderco is EXCELLENT.
JohnP said:Has me wondering now....
have I been doing this backwards? Gonna have to try going from the 8k to the Spyderco now....the site doesn't say either. If anyone is wondering which hone we are talking about, it is this one:
I read some of the stuff Robert said over there, and, just curious, what is the "Fernsler's Ruby hone" he referred to using after the spyderco? I have both Belgians (blue and yellow) as well as Norton, Swaty, the usual suspects...but am not familiar with this hone...any info would be appreciated, I am really drawn to hones that I don't have to soak first, or use next to the sink....
No kidding? Is he planning to start selling these? I remember there was some talk a LOOOONG time ago on SRP about perhaps someone here in the U.S. starting up manufacture of straights....maybe he could succeed where others did not....rtaylor61 said:I don't have a clue. Considering he has just forged his own razor, I think he would be the authority!
JohnP said:No kidding? Is he planning to start selling these? I remember there was some talk a LOOOONG time ago on SRP about perhaps someone here in the U.S. starting up manufacture of straights....maybe he could succeed where others did not....
That would be REALLY cool.