||[Jan. 6th, 2012|11:17 pm]
Here's some photomicrographs of the wheel and the stones I'm using, as well as current photos of both sides of the wheel.|
Side A, polished with a #1200 stone
Side B, polished with a Kongo-Do
Hamon on side A at 80x
Hamon on side A at 150x
I'm sort of guessing at the resolution, to be honest. I removed a guard off the microscope and was able to get a bit more resolution out of it than normal, but it's right at its limits. Any closer and either I can't get it to focus, or it loses color correction and starts flickering different colors. So take 150x as a minimum. All the rest of the pictures were taken at this highest resolution, so things are to scale. No, I can't see the actual hamon at this polish either, not at this magnification.
Hamon on side B at 150x
The Kongo-Do stone at 150x
The flattener stone at 150x
Queer Creek at 150x
#1200 at 150x
Binsui-do, the next stone in the sequence
Aoto, a natural Japanese waterstone, possibly a better stone than the Binsui, though I'll have to use them and compare the finish to be sure.
Nagura, which is basically a hard chalk.