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Affordable sharpening system - stropping after 4000??
I've been looking at sharpening systems and I'm quite new to woodworking. As I'm still a teenager I'm on a budget.
My thinking is that I can get a 250/1000 and a 4000 grit waterstone from Rutlands for less than £50 (bout $80??)
but the cherry on the polishing cake that is the 8000 stone, is in itself is about £80 alone. (And the 6000 stone is a similar jump in price.)
My question is this: Can I get away with stones up to 4000 then can I strop with an abrasive compound after that for the same effect of the 8000 grit water stone??
If so, which compound is good to use? Will Red Rouge be too fine after a 4000 stone??