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david weaver
I think single iron, that refinement is important due to edge life. With the double iron, I think it becomes a lot less important - uniformity and clearance are important. If you have one side of a bevel polished and 1k finish on the other but remove all of the foil, the edge will be very good.

I didn't take any pictures of the infills that I bought working wood, but I had five vintage irons to condition the other night, including their caps, and about an hour to do it. Fortunately, none were in basket case shape.

I also have an 80 grit 3 1/2 foot lap, so I worked the back of the irons flat with it, and shaped the caps quickly. I used only the washita stone to refine the back for about 30 seconds to a minute and worked the bevel. You'd be surprised how well they cut. The difference with them, of course, is that the very thin shavings aren't as "perfect" as they are with a very refined edge. In the cut, though, they feel like any other edge. I did the opposite of what you describe - working the bevel more completely than the back because 30 seconds to a minute on each results in a completed bevel. Over time, the washita will work the scratches out completely, because it's good at that. It's less good at cutting into an already polished large area (or, I should say, it's terrible at that).

Someone who wasn't finishing off of a plane would never need to refine one of the faces beyond 1K - 1k on both faces, though, makes for a weak edge.

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