The Razor Sharp Edgemaking System consists of two compressed paper wheels that fit on a standard bench grinder with removable guards or on a buffer. The grinder or buffer speed should be 3000 rpm or higher. The sharpening or gritted wheel is coated with silicon carbide grit and is used to develop a burr or wire-edge. Conditioning wax (included) is applied to the gritted wheel to lubricate and cool the blade. The stropping wheel is uncoated and is used with the included rouge to remove burrs and polish or strop the edge. Slots cut in this wheel increase the air flow to help cool the blade. The gritted sharpening wheel will sharpen a couple hundred knives before it needs re-coating. Enough additional grit is provided with the kit to re-coat the grit wheel 10 to 12 times. Razor Sharp Edgemaking wheels are full 3/4 in. wide, trued and balanced. The product we call rouge for short is actually a white polishing compound for stainless steel that we have found to excel at burr removal. The high density paper we use assures well balanced wheels and the correct surface for grit or polishing compound.
Shaper Wheels are 1/4" wide plain wheels that can be shaped to fit small edges like gut hooks and knife serrations. They can then be gritted for sharpening or used with rouge for stropping. See Parts below to order.
Complete instructions are included in each kit. See my additional recommendations on using and re-gritting paper wheels HERE.
Wheels are available in 6", 8" and 10" diameters. All have a 5/8 arbor hole with a 1/2 insert so you can use either size shaft. If you're using a 6" bench grinder or buffer you want the 8" Deluxe Kit 8X75X625KWB. This gives you enough clearance between the edge of the wheel and the motor to accommodate the knife and your fingers. The 8" kit is also available in a 1" width 8X1X625KWB. Email me for details. Click here for a list of other kits and prices.
The 6" Deluxe kit 6X75X625KWB works best on a belt-driven mandrel. The 10" kit comes in either 1" width 10X1X625KWB or 1 1/4" width 10X125X625KWB. We recommend using these kits on an 8" grinder or buffer. The 10" x 1" kit is also available with a 3/4" arbor 10X1X750KWB for those who want to use a buffing machine with a larger shaft. Email me to order. These are special order and take a few days longer.
While the paper wheels are sold as a complete system, I recommend their use after using a wet grinder or a belt sander to grind the initial bevels on a knife. This takes advantage of the strong points of both systems, speeds up the sharpening, and extends the life of the abrasive paper wheel.
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OUR MOST POPULAR SYSTEM, the 8" Deluxe kit 8X75X625KWB is $64.95 including shipping within the USA. ($54.95 plus $10 S&H) Ohio residents will be charged 7.75% sales tax. Add $2.50 additional shipping for Canada or Mexico. Check below for the 6" or 10" kits or the 1" wide kits. These are shipped from the factory in California and take a few days longer.