The use of abrasive grits on a flexible backing to improve surface finish or shape objects can be traced back to man’s earliest attempts to make tools to manufacture useful articles. In recent history, sand, or flint, was held on paper by dried animal glue to make “sandpaper”. The term “sandpaper” is still commonly used, even though harder minerals and more durable adhesive and backings have been introduced to extend the product’s usefulness. For that reason the term “coated abrasive” is used to broadly include all grit-coated flexible backings.


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    Coated Abrasives-Modern Tool of Industry, Coated Abrasives Manufacturers Inst. (CAMI), 1230 Keith Bldg., Cleveland, Ohio 44115Google Scholar
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    R. S. Hahn and R. P. Lindsay, “Principles of Grinding,” 5-part series in Machinery Magazine, New York, July-Nov. 1971, also see Chap. 2, this volume.Google Scholar

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