takes a bit of practice to avoid nicking and slicing the tapes. With practice,without skipping grades,each strip is good for at least 35 inches of knife. They appear worn quickly but will keep polishing fairly well even when grey and cut up. Most of the wear is in the center as most knives have a convex curve.
By: David Rogers
3000 grit tape cleaned up after the 2000 tape and gives a substantial increase in the shine,remember to use light pressure and the only negative is the tapes do not last long. To me,that isnít a big deal,they are sacrificial tapes,to gain a superficial gloss or mirror effect on the edge of a knife. I have polished about 6 knives and used 3 tapes. (both 2000 and 3000).
The 2000 grit tapes were giving a mirror effect,but the 3000 just brings it out even better. I would like to next order a set of 6000 and see what they do.