Have any of you used the Veritas® Honing Compound from Lee Valley for your
Tormek instead of the stuff that comes in a tube with the Tormek? I was
wondering if it was as good or better than the tube stuff.
I use it with my Tormek with mixed results. If I go straight from the
grinding wheel to the leather wheel, it is too big of a jump when using the
really fine .5µ honing compound from Lee Valley. Generally, I sharpen my
chisels on the Tormek, then hone them up to 8,000 grit on waterstones. I
then use the leather wheel with the Lee Valley honing compound to keep them
touched up and sharp.
I don't have a Tormek but I do have a 2" by about 6" stick of 1/2" poplar
with a chunk of leather glued to it. I just smear the LV honing compound on
it and strop my tools once in a while with it. I don't need a machine to do
it. By hand it works very well, I can't imagine it doing anything but good
on a machine.
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