|Review by Ollie||posted 06-28-2010 04:55 PM||9117 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
This is just a quick review of the Norton waterstone set in a carrying case.
I only purchased this set after a lot of deliberation and bargain hunting.
I paid £230 for the set, after first checking the price of all the stones individually, including the flattening stone.
It worked out that I was only paying £20 for the box and free DVD that comes with it.
I think that having the box is worth it just to keep the stones out of harms way and ready to go.
Upon receipt of the kit I first watched the short DVD on how to use the stones, to my surprise the guy on the DVD sharpens using a very similar technique to what I was already used to.
The kit comprises of 1×1000 grit stone, 1×4000 grit stone , 1×8000 grit finishing stone and a flattening stone all in the sturdy box which has 2 compartments. One for the triangular stone holder and a small one below for the flattening stone and I assume a rag or whatever, also the DVD.
So next I unwrapped the stones and attached them to the triangular stone holder which fits into the top half of the box. I soaked the stones for a few minutes in the sink then put some water in the reservoir in the top box.
I then began to sharpen a Japanese chisel that was quite blunt to say the least.
The first 1000 grit stone cut quite fast and flattened the back and bevel nicely, it feels strangely soft to use compared to others I have used.
The 4000 grit stone feels harder and also cuts fast. After the 4000 grit I was almost happy with the sharpness it would shave the hairs off my arm but not 100% cleanly.
The 8000 grit finishing stone feels harder again and I used a Nagura stone on this one to get a bit of slurry.
I am surprised that Norton do not include a Nagura stone as it really helps on the 8000 grit stone.
After really very few strokes on the finishing stone the blade was really razor sharp and polished to a lovely finish
It will now ping the hairs right off my now balding arm.
So to sum up It does the job very well indeed and I am happy with the set.
Pros. Makes blades very, very sharp indeed. Nice box is sturdy and easy to use, keeping stones safe and ready to sharpen. Flattening stone works fast and easy. The stones are large enough for plane blades, and very thick so should last well.
Cons. No Nagura stone Quite expensive (though not overpriced by any means) Not as fast as a grinding system (such as Worksharp) but stisfying to use.
I will just say that having used it for a while now it is best to use the flattening stone little and often to maintain a fully flat stone at all times.
Also one of the reasons I chose this method rather than the similarly priced Worksharp 3000 I was considering is that this way I will get better at sharpening freehand thus improving my skills, as well as the cost of the abrasive sheets required for Worksharp.
Sorry to ramble on. In short I would recommend this set to anyone serious about sharp tools ( all of you reading this no doubt included) oh and sorry about the photos..
-- Ollie, UK.