This is a very unique and aggressive no-nonsense sharpening puck that is made from what would normally be waste material from other pucks. It is a mix of aluminum oxide, silicon carbide, and a small amount of diamond in mixed grits. This varied blend of grits and materials give this puck the ability to very rapidly remove metal stock while leaving a much more polished finish than one would expect. It's ability to rapidly remove material lends itself very well to repairing big chips and dings in the field or where access to grinders is limited. This puck is nice and light and close to half the size of our Arctic Fox sharpening puck.
Although it's not necessary we do recommend saturating the puck with water before use.
GRIT - Medium/Coarse.
First I'll say that I'm happy with the puck overall, though I would prefer if it was as thick as the Arctic Fox puck for the sake of protecting one's fingers.
An odd quirk of the puck I received was that it required a lot more force to cut with each oscillation of the puck when sharpening. Normally I only apply a gentle amount of pressure when using a puck, but this isn't nearly enough for the American Pioneer puck to do its job. When I applied a normal amount of pressure with the AP puck, it only really wanted to polish the surface of the bit. It was only after I bore down on the puck a tad more that it really started to cut efficiently.
I keep a Pioneer puck in my kit for deer hunting, and the door pocket of my pickup. It's perfect for keeping a sharp edge on my camp knife that I carry. The Pioneer puck brings a dull blade back to razer sharp in practically the blink of an eye.
I'm very green when it comes to using pucks but for the price and how fast and easy this puck sharpens/touches up a bad you really can't go wrong with it.