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Posted on honing using sand paper

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 09:39 AM

I’ve used sandpaper to sharpen plane irons and chisels and it works great (assuming you use up to the automotive paint grade wet/dry sand papers). But as Arminius points out, it is only cheaper initially. A pack of 3000 grit wet/dry sand paper will set you back around $6 and it will last you a month or two if you have a lot of tools and sharpen regularly. On the other hand, I have a Japanese water stone (5000 grit) that I paid about $40 for and have had for four years now and it still has a lot more life in it.

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