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Posted on Which sharpening stones should I get?

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#1 posted 02-22-2012 03:31 AM

All you need is a coarse friable grinding wheel, a 1200 stone and
a 6000 stone. The difference between 6000 and 8000 grit is
not big in terms of sharpness. Both stones will polish blades
to a very, very sharp edge.

4000 is a polishing stone. You can go straight from a 1000 or
1200 to 6000 or 8000.

The Nortons are nice because they are bigger than the Japanese
stones. That’s their main advantage.

You can get a 2 King stones in 1200 and 6000 for about $60 for
the pair. Then a white friable wheel for about $20 more and
you’re good to go. For good measure you can get a buffing
wheel for the other end of your grinder (no fancy slow-speed
grinder needed) and a stick of jeweler’s rouge for carving tools
and for polishing carving tools.

If you own the grinder already this stuff will set you back about $120.

Oh. Get a Nagura stone too.

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