Does anyone regularly use a more economical (either wears out
slower, or better unit price) abrasive shape?
I have moved to and been using the Titan line of rubberized abrasive
that Rio Grande carries. Its geared for for Stainless and Titanium,
but will work on other metals. They have good wear resistance, can be
shaped with diamond files and come in a couple of grits.
Compared to other rubberized abrasives, these definatley last a lot
longer, by that I mean they dont break down as fast. The only down
side you may find is the limited shapes and they are more expensive.
Also, if you try these and start to shape them with a diamond file,
at the very least use a dust mask, personally I use a cartridge type
respirator when using these since they do get abused on stainless and
Titan Abrasive on the Rio Grande website.