Has anyone used the combat abrasives shredder belts? The knifemaking world seems to be abuzz about them recently. Just wondering if anyone here has any experience with the belts or the company?
Right and there's a popular knife making podcast that just picked them up as a sponsor aswellThey got a lot of mileage by sponsoring Walter Sorrells. That’s how I heard about them and why I tried them.
I don’t have a bad thing to say about them. I’m just really happy with VSM.
Ed, what is your opinion of the Klingspore CS 912s? I’ve been using their 50 and 80 grit belts for post heat treat grinding and really like them.At one time or another I've tried most of the "off brand" dealers. I feel bad, because the way it often happens is they will call me, and ask me to try their products....and offer to send me free products to try. It's difficult to turn down an offer like that!
I try/use the products they send, and am always disappointed compared to my "normal" belts that I purchase from Tru-Grit. Often times the products these vendors send have a cheaper overall price point, but most commonly, the durability is simply awful.
I hate it when they call me a month or so later, and eagerly ask "Well, how'd you like the belts!?" And I have to tell them I didn't/don't. Then the salesman pitch kicks in, telling me how much more economical their products are, and how I'd be so much better off if I were using their products.
I suppose you could call me a belt snob..... but I can't help it. After 30+ years of grinding blades, I still try to buy based on the best bang for the buck.... but often time that means different things to different people..... and for me I'd much rather pay a dollar or two more for a belt that I know is going to give me 2-4X the life/usability of a less expensive alternative.
The "off brands" might be just the ticket for some..... I've just never found any that satisfy me.
Those are a good belt, I personally do not use them because I prefer an X-weight over a Y-weight (the CS912s are Y weight) They are also about $4 more per belt than the VSM 2 x 72 - 50 XK760X Ceramic that I use.Ed, what is your opinion of the Klingspore CS 912s