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#1 posted 02-22-2012 03:35 AM

I would recommend a set of Sigma Select II stones over the Norton’s. I have one of the two sided Norton and its “ok”, but the Sigma’s are faaaaaasssssttt in comparison.. Especially in comparison on harder steel like A2. They’re sold by and , I’ve heard some folks say the ones from Tools From Japan are slightly better, but am very happy with the lee valley ones.

I also have a set of “halls” Arkansa stones from (which had by far the best prices I’ve seen). These stay on the bench where I don’t want water.

If you do get a set of water stones (whichever ones) do also get:

- stone holders, totally worth it

- a bottle of “HoneRite Gold” also known as “No-Rust Water Additive”. Amazing stuff, keeps the rust off

- a truing stone. Don’t have to get fancy the $30 ones seem to work about as well to me (although pickier people will certainly disagree)

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