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Posted on Waterstones VS Oil Stones VS Diamond Stones

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 04:25 AM

I started with sandpaper, tried a Work Sharp 3000, and water stones. I settled on oil stones, with a course diamond plate to flatten them. The reason I went oil over water is that the water stones are too sloppy, with all the slurry and soaking. With oil stones I like that the process leaves some oil around to protect the tools from… water, which is all over when doing water stones. The speed of sharpening isn’t much of an issue vs water; how many more seconds is 30 strokes vs 10 when re-honing a micro bevel? Unless I’m sharpening every tool in the shop, thats no biggie. I do still use the Work Sharp 3000 for removing a lot of material or on a few tools that don’t sit we’ll in my honing giude.

But the advice that will come up is; pick a system you like, learn it well, and use it. They all work if you learn them.

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