Water stone vs. wet or dry paper

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Blog entry by rayn posted 10-24-2014 01:20 PM 1616 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am going to mount wet or dry paper on glass to sharpen chisels what is the paper equivalent of a 800 and a 4000 waterstone in paper? What grits (series) do you suggest in wet paper to sharpen chisels?


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#1 posted 10-24-2014 02:54 PM

Before you commit to paper for sharpening take a look at PSA Mylar sheets from 3M. I get mine from They sell a starter set of one sheet each of five grits from 40 micron to .3 micron for $13.95. I cut the sheets in half and use 6”X12” glass and the starter set has lasted a long time. My setup is compact and clean and gets things very sharp.

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#2 posted 10-24-2014 03:11 PM

I use wet/dry paper on granite tile from Home Depot. What grit I start on depends on whether I’m re-establishing a bevel on a damaged blade (grind if needed, then 60-80 grit), flattening/sharpening a glade with a good bevel for the first time (120 grit), or just touching up an already sharpened tool ( a couple swipes on 800 grit). I usually stop around 2000 grit, but I’ve been told that’s overkill. Dunno. It has a mirror edge and I strop it occasionally. I have 3 tiles that each have two grits side by side on them. That lets me refresh an edge quickly without having to replace paper (until its used up). A fourth tile has nothing on it, and I use it for the rare occasion that I need to use lower grits.

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#3 posted 10-24-2014 03:27 PM

I did some sandpaper sharpening when starting out and then got a 6000 waterstone. The 1500 grit paper seemed to be about the same as that waterstone, so maybe 1000 or 1200 would be similar to a 4000.

There are a bunch of different comparison charts if you Google them up. Here’s a basic one:

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#4 posted 10-25-2014 02:17 PM

Paul Sellers has some valuable info as well.

Diamond plates save money long term IMHO.

Great advice above ;)

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