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Don W

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#1 posted 581 days ago

I don’t advice again waterstones, I just don’t like them. I use DMT’s and oil stones. My shop is not heated when I’m not in it, so between freezing, the mess, and the constant flattening, I don’t like them.

That said, you probably don’t worry about freezing, your not sharpening as much as me (with my restorations) so the flattening won’t be that much of an issue, and oil stones can be messy to.

I like the DMT’s but read this.

I also wouldn’t advice against the worksharp, although I don’t own one, but i would advice to get the stones first. If you have a bench grinder that does a decent job, just get a “good” 8000 grit stone. Water or Arkansas it doesn’t matter. With either you’ll need a way to flatten it. The oil stone just takes a lot longer. I bought my oil stone in a flea market, flatten it when I bought it and haven’t had to flatten it yet, but I only use it for final sharpening.

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