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Photomicrographs [Jan. 6th, 2012|11:17 pm]
Doug Ayen
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.