For our stock removal 2" x 72" sanding belts for knife making and metal fabricating we offer our premium ceramic #shredder material and a premium zirconia with a grinding aid. These materials are offered in the coarse grits such as 24 grit, 36 grit, 40 grit, 60 grit, 80 grit & 120 grit. These materials will remove stock of aluminum, stainless steel and steel in a HURRY. Ceramic #shredder is by far the best option here as this is the newest technology in sanding & grinding. Typically people use zirconia who are on a budget.
WHAT IS STOCK REMOVAL?
Stock Removal is one of the methods used to create a basic blade shape. Stock removal involves cutting and sanding away parts of a steel or metal blank to a desired shape and size. Ceramic sanding belts are the fastest and most cost effective way to remove stock when grinding steel and stainless steel.
What are ceramic shredder belts?
2" x 72" Ceramic Shredder belts come in an orange/reddish color, typical of ceramic grains. The grain structure of these belts provides continuous renewal of the most consistent and uniform cutting edges. The nature of ceramic grain allows for faster cutting and cooler stock removal. They are adhered to a Y-Weight Polyester backing. A material's backing thickness (related to its flexibility) is categorized by the alphabet. Backings closer or rated as 'A' are substantially more flexible than the stiffest 'Y' weight backing you'll find on our site. Backings with an 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E', or 'F' backing are all considered paper backings. 'E' and 'F' weight backings are typically used to make belts as they are the most durable paper backings available (typically found in the wood industry) though still much less durable/thick than the full or partial synthetic backings like an 'X' or 'Y' weight. Typically various 'X' and 'Y' weight backings are used in metal working as the standard. Y weights are very sturdy and typically full synthetic polyester materials versus some 'X' weights often being a cotton-poly blend material to allow for greater flexibility. J Flex refers to an even greater flexible backing material that is often used without a contact wheel and some slack in the belt so it can softly contour rounder shapes (e.g. a wooden handle). It's important to note that our shredder sanding beltscan be ran WET in grits 24, 36, 40, 60, 80 & 120. The ceramic J-flex belts because of their backing, cannot be ran in wet applications.
Should I buy ceramic or zirconia belts? Which is better?
2" x 72" sanding belts for stock removal can be used in both zirconia or ceramic although the ceramic belts are FAR superior in every category. Traditionally knifemakers used to use zirconia sanding belts for the stock removal process but since the advent of the newer technology "ceramic" abrasive grain, the market has almost entirely gone to ceramic. This is for a variety of reasons, while you only pay about 30-40% more for ceramic VS zirconia, it is still a tremendous value due to to the 60% increase in cutting speed, 2-3X the longevity and life of the belt and lastly the ceramic belt stays cooler for much longer. If you are simply looking to spend the least amount of money per belt and feel that you won't get the full wear out of the belt, zirconia is a good option. If you are using these belts to their full grinding, sanding & finishing capabilities, the answer is 100% ceramic!
How are ceramic sanding belts made?
Why 2" x 72" Sanding Belts?
2" x 72" sanding belts offer the best middle ground between heavy duty grinding and finer detail work blades can take—e.g. sharpening or detailed handle work. This makes the 2" x 72" size the most common belt size for knife making for profiling, bevel grinding, detailed edge sanding, and sharpening.
Which 2" x 72" sanding belt should i get?
Combat Abrasives offers several options for 2" x 72" belts. These stock removal belts are the most aggressive belts we offer and are recommended to quickly prepare a blank or a custom forged piece to the shape required. Honestly, we recommend our Ceramic Shredder line here—it's geared towards long life and high performance without breaking down to heat. Our Ceramic J-Flex (available in 220 grit) offers a quick performing ceramic belt that is extremely flexible. Great for using on harder material for handles for example.
These leather strops are used with polishing compound to finish the sharpening and edge of the knife. Typically these belts last a very long time and most knife makers only have one for each type of compound they finish with—often settling on one single compound and belt to finish their edge.
What grinders are common for 2" x 72" sanding belts
Common machines our customers use, though this is not an endorsement necessarily, are the Wilton Square Wheel Grinder, The Burr King 972 Knifemaker Grinder, The Hardcore Belt Grinder, the Bader Bill, the Bob Dozier, Grinder, and the AMK 2" x 72" Grinder. We Also LOVE the machines at Ameribrade
What is the best sanding belt for sanding steel or stainless steel?
Ceramic sanding belts are bar far the best type of abrasive to use when cutting any type of steel or stainless steel. Our revolutionary ceramic grain and resin coating technology provides the best performance in cutting, shaping and long lasting performance. As our triangular shaped abrasive grain wears, it continuously fractures...forming new sharp points and edges that effortlessly cut through the hardest steels. Our #shredder ceramic sanding belts provide the longest life and consistent grain finish at any grinding pressure.
What safety precautions do you need to take when knife making or sanding?
We highly recommend that you practice the proper safety. We recommend this FULL FACE RESPIRATOR which is only $ 40 and will go a long way!
Absolutely love these belts! Makes profiling a blade a breeze. Metal doesn't stand a chance!
I have been making knives for 15 years and haven’t had better belts and accessories than from Combat Abrasives. They are high quality and last longer.
These things shred
I will not buy from anyone else
Good quality products!
These belts are amazing! They move metal fast and cool.the best belts around! just can't beat them!!
Put these on a homebuilt belt sander, and I was blown away with how great these work!
I was able to grind bevels into a knife 5 times faster than with my other 1x30 belt sander
Always a good shopping website, and always ends up at my door step.
I was grinding a damascus blade with the ceramic 80 grit belt and was making great progress when I saw some flame on my flannel shirt. The sparks were so hot and dense that my shirt caught fire and burned a big hole through and scorched the tee shirt below. These belts really remove steel fast.
High quality belts. Last longer than ones I have used before.
I use it to complete my knife blanks to final form.
Cuts like hot butter
This 80 grit belt works wonders on stock removal and holds up well.
Products are working great! Fast shipping too!
My order arrived on time when it was promised.I was kept up to date on the progress of my order by emails.The belts remove metal like crazy.
440C - ATS 34 - 154CM - 512 fold damascus
Stock removal is excellent on the 2x72 - belt stays cooler than most others and really removes the metal
Like the name implies, it shreds!
Wonderful for the price and they work outstanding.
Combat belts cut and cut, the only belts used by Blades for Brothers and The Crusader Forge. NSDQ
#Bladesforbrothers #thecrusaderforge #warsteel #shield91
When you have to get your fullers tight, these belts take care of business!
The belt cuts very fast. Stays sharp.
Always my first choice and fast delivery!
I do all my initial bevels with a 60 grit belt. Reduces those deep lines that you get from a 36 grit. With thinner stock I start with an 80 grit. Then is progressively through the grits to at least 1200. 2500 if I’m going for a Mirror finish then off to buffing with a leather 2x72 belt with black rouge.
Love your belts,lasts longer than others i have tryed
Grinding War Steel daggers with a 36 grit Combat.
Happily amazed at how much material I can remove. I have used the same 40 grit belt for over a year. I have ground and shaped about 80 knife blades with it. Still lots of life left.
OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!
Great quality and can always rely on getting my knife ground right.
Maybe lasted 30 minuets on a small 304 stainless dagger, couldn't rough grind both sides. Maybe not the correct belt for the job or material. Hand hollow grind on low speed to prevent heat build up. Probably would take 3 of these belts to do this. Just my experience, but they work better for softer metals.
good belts ,A step above belts I have used in the past!
Combat #36 Ceramic Belts not only shred, they shred after many uses. This full face grind was laid out with and old belt, I just wanted to see how much I could do. I was surprised that I was able to grind the entire blade with one, very used belt.
Great belts as usual
These belts remove alot of material quickly.
Wow… takes a lot off QUICK… easy to use and clean. Lasts a long time
Have used similar products before, and these outlast the others by quite a bit! They’re great, I highly recommend !
Love your guys products! As a knife maker / small business I try to use high quality products to get the most out of my time and money and you all hit the mark every time!!
Started using Combat Abrasives earlier this year after having trouble with another supplier and the switch has been good! Been doing a lot of stock removal blades this season and the heavy belts have performed better than expected, we've been producing a lot more blades than in previous years and these new belts have really helped up the production rate!
So far the quality is great and they are doing the job, thank you
Works Great for stock removal
Excellent product! I'll be ordering more.
The best I’ve ever used.
Great belts with fast shipping. Only the best!
These Ceramic Belts are amazing, Combat Abrasive Ceramics track true and the 80# cuts with precision on my final grinds. I appreciate the long lifespan, I clean the belt with the the rubber dressing stick to keep on cutting longer.
Cast Studio Designs
Fast shipping good strong belt
You asked how the belts feel! They are great and quickly remove finger hide as fast and clean as they remove steel. Quicker than the rapture will happen!
Please send some bandaids with my next shipment.
the belts don't seem to be very aggressive and grit is flying off belt.
Combat Abrasives 36 grit Ceramic Belts shred and track great on my belt grinder. Thanks team!
I only use combat abrasives
Great belts at a good price
Love these belts!
Combat veteran Matt Chupp shredding with an 80 grit.
#bladesforbrothers #thecrusaderforge #warsteel #shield91
Best belts you can get all I use they last longer and work better
Great service, fast shipping, great product!
Best longest lasting belts I have found so far, I have tried others and these are the best!
Thomas R B.
Shredder belt is fantastic and provides time-saving way to shape my knifes before getting into bevels and detail work. Thanks!!
I would buy the cheap belts, but now I will only buy from combat abrasive. Game changer
Great belts! I’m on my 5th knife on first belt and it’s still going strong. Used the flap disc to remove forged scale. Very pleased
These belts or a metal eating son of a gun
Very good belts and even better service!!
I'm using them for rough shaping wood handels and they work great. i should have bought the 24 or the 36 grit to start with.
Work great,removes a lot of steel..
My knife grinder removes material quicker than ever!! Great product. These belts are all I use in my shop
I haven’t had an opportunity to use yet, web site was very user friendly, shipment and delivery exceeded expectations.
I haven’t had an opportunity to use yet, web site was very user friendly, shipment and delivery exceeded expectations.
Great product, cuts fast and they last longer than other belts I've used. Customer service is always available and ready to help.
C. Wilson, Custom Knives.
Shredder belts are by far the most durable belts for heavy stock removal I'm a knife maker currently but I have worked as a heavy fabricator and I wish I had belts like these, great belts great people to work with I would 100% recommend buying these!
Belts are awesome, last a long time
They definitely last longer than my last ones!
The best coarse stock removal belts I have ever used. Great product.
I love all of your products and use them faithfully. No other maker I use for a
Abrasive that being said, I spend 10 of thousands of dollars with you guys will you guys please send me a banner I could put it in my shop thank you
WORKS WELL AND RUNS FLAT.
I am a new user. These belts work extremely well. Thanks.
This belt eats steel like a butter.
everything was exactly as I expected great customer service and products