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    I have a question about honing with the 1K Norton. When I hone on this stone there doesn't seem to be swarf (black) coming off. There is a lot more off the 4k. I am wondering because it seems to cut slowly. I was wondering if this is typical of this hone or if it needs some preparation like the 4K and 8k such as sanding it down. I usually soak the hone for 30 minutes or longer.

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    I don't think the Norton 1K is slower than the 4k, but I do think the 1k is on the slow side for a 1k. I sometimes use coticule slurry to speed up honing on a 1k. Any slurry will help, but I prefer to use a relatively fine slurry, as a coarse slurry will often scratch the face of the blade above the bevel.

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    Agreed. The Norton 1k IS a bevel setter. Thousands of razors have been honed on it and it does work for the job. It just does not happen to be the best one for that job.

    Some hones accumulate swarf and some do not. The Norton 4k and 8k do, but the Norton 1k accumulates it much more slowly. That is not because it is less aggressive but rather because it releases its own grit faster. Because it auto-slurries, the swarf is released with the slurry. That means the swarf remains floating loose rather than embedding on the top of the hone.

    The Norton 1k does not need to be soaked for 30 minutes, though it is not harmed by it at all. A 10 minute soak should be sufficient. The one problem I have with this hone is that it is eternally thirsty. No matter how long you soak it, the top of the hone has to re-wetted constantly.

    In a nutshell, the Norton 1k still will work just fine for you. Continue to use it as a bevel setter before the 4k.
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    I had given my Norton 1k up for a Naniwa, but a recent thread by Bruno taught me that if the Norton is slurried with a DMT, it cuts super-fast. I use the technique on tough bevel-sets now, thinning the slurry after things begin to take hold.
    Works for me. YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharptonn View Post
    I had given my Norton 1k up for a Naniwa, but a recent thread by Bruno taught me that if the Norton is slurried with a DMT, it cuts super-fast. I use the technique on tough bevel-sets now, thinning the slurry after things begin to take hold.
    Works for me. YMMV
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    Since you are a restorer, maintainer and mechanical expert I think we would all enjoy you resurrecting an old conveyance drawn by a brace of horses, namely a Slurry with the Fringe on Top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Razorfeld View Post
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    Since you are a restorer, maintainer and mechanical expert I think we would all enjoy you resurrecting an old conveyance drawn by a brace of horses, namely a Slurry with the Fringe on Top.
    Well, I did resurrect this after sitting for 30 or so years.....Horses scare me!

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    Some tassels along the edge of the top will answer the request.
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