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What grit do you prefer to lap your Washitas and softs to? Do you lap them to the same grit level?
Not sure if you are asking me Duke? But I dress them all the same. The fine side of diamond plate followed up by a chisel. Sometimes I will put two stones together but not often. It's my soft Ark's that are on the harder side that seem to want to burnish the most through use and stop cutting that see the diamond plate the most often.


Asking every one. Thanks for the reply. Is 400 grit good? Higher/ lower? We all seem to obsess and have a favorite solution for black/trans, but don't see much posted grit wise for the heavy lifters.
I don't really know. I am of the opinion that it will kind of settle in and be what it wants to be which is one reason I help it along with the back of a chisel.
A pair of Arkansas Washita stones. A 7” Washita and a 6” Lily White. Washita stones are a versatile hone. Depending on service preparation, they can be as course, equivalent to 300 grit or lapped and burnished to be equivalent to a 7000 grit hone. When that fine, can be used as a finisher to get a “cowboy shave” out of a straight. The Lily White can do the same but this one shows how artistically beautiful a stone label can be. Another lost art that has disappeared with time



I'm going to have to start living healthy so that I can outlive Tim and make sure I'm there for his estate sale, because he's bought out everyone elses'.
All the old pike labels are beautiful... This all reminds me, I have a washita I was stripping and need to check on..
What grit do you prefer to lap your Washitas and softs to? Do you lap them to the same grit level?
Depends. Good washita are extremely friable and I don't spend time trying to maintain a certain RA past making sure it cuts evenly. In other words, when it clogs in spots, I clear.

After flattening with SIC, I usually lap Washita with a 140 Atoma regularly to keep the top clear and free of sludge/swarf. I 'might' consider using the 400x plate on a harder/finer example, but rarely.

Soft Arks are all over the place - many new soft Arks are so inconsistent across the stone that I don't bother worrying about the surface; lapping one end to 400x will be totally different at the other end. Very HQ soft Arks, like Nortons pure-white 8x2s usually get lapped to 200x on SIC. During use I"ll use the 140x Atome to clear and rejuvenate. If the cutting is irregular then I'll try the 400x. If I need a finer cut I'll use a harder Ark or move to synthetics.

A lot depends on what I'm sharpening and the stone in question.
Softer coarser Washita are way different than the harder finer types and using them for knives/tools or razors sorta dictates which stone, and how the surface would be in an ideal world.

I don't get too fussy with cutlery at the early stages. Razors are another story and I usually only use one particular Washita for straights, and then I skip soft Arks entirely and bounce right to a hard Ark. That's if I am committed to an Ark progression - and that's usually not the case. Right at this moment I don't even have a soft Ark in the 'kit' because it's non-essential at the moment.

For cutlery that is totally toast and in need of a complete edge reprofile, I start off with a 120 synth, then a Washita. I usually don't care too much about which Washita I use at this point; basically, I am only taking off the massive burr I made on the 120x and then polishing a little bit. If I decide to go further with the edge, I might go to a soft Ark, but I'll probably go to a synth 500x. I might choose a hard Ark if I want more polish, or I might go a different route .

Basically, in a nutshell, after much testing and comparing, I've found that a consistently surfaced stone is more important than what grit it was lapped to. Pressure/force rules the cutting action for me. My hardest stones never get lapped past 600x and the softer stones never see finer than 400x, and usually it's more like 140-200x. I did recently take a Transluent a bit higher than 600x, and while it looks nice, objectiverly, the scope shows that it didn't improve anything.
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Yeah when I buy an old kitchen knife at a flea or pocket knife I tend to hit it on the dmt first and then jump to the novaculite of choice be it a washita of a charn