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#1 posted 05-08-2013 04:23 PM

I use water stones. I flatten them with a drywall screen –
no special stone needed.

I use a nagura stone. I consider it essential.

I sharpen freehand usually. The technique takes awhile
to learn.

Obviously with water stones you don’t have to keep
all that sandpaper in stock.

On method that works pretty well is a white, friable
wheel on a grinder with a buffing wheel charged with
rouge on the other side. In between you can use a
1000 grit water stone. Usually I use this method for
carving tools but it works fine for chisels and plane
irons too.

A 1000 grit water stone will get a blade sharp enough to
shave hair off your arm. While it cuts well, I feel
the edge is more durable if it is buffed or honed. I
usually go from the 1000 grit stone to an 8000
stone, but actually the King 6000 grit stone is easier
to use and does not glaze as easily as the Norton
8000 stone. The Norton is bigger though so that’s
why I usually use that one.

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