Lot of sharpening stones for $50 on CL...should I buy?

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Forum topic by deeznutz posted 03-07-2010 05:19 PM 1596 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2010 05:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening oil stones scary sharp arkansas diamond stone



I found these on Craigslist in my area and was hoping to get some help from you all with deciding if they’d be a good purchase. I’m about as new to sharpening as you can be…I just picked up the essentials for the Scary Sharp system a couple of weeks ago and have actually been able to get some pretty decent results on a plane iron and a few chisels. I can already see how the cost of sandpaper will start to add up though.

This entire lot you see in the pictures is available to me for $50. Do you think it’s a good deal? The woman doesn’t know anything about it all but it appears to have a 1200 grit stone, a white arkansas stone, a black arkansas stone, an unidentified triangular block of three stones, an extra fine diamond stone, green honing compound, and another stone.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 03-07-2010 05:24 PM

get it, i know the black stone is very fine in terms of grit and you can look up the others like the white. i would get it you have to start some where and just one stone adds up tp that price.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 03-07-2010 06:10 PM

Yes. Seems to be a good deal.

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#3 posted 03-07-2010 06:12 PM

I personally would…

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#4 posted 03-07-2010 06:50 PM

...and if you do buy them please post a better picture of the one in the plastic box, just for my own curiosity. Thanks

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#5 posted 03-07-2010 09:34 PM

Seems to be a good deal. Make sure they are not cracked, and that they are flat.

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#6 posted 03-08-2010 11:32 PM

Thanks to everyone for your responses. I picked up the lot today and though I couldn’t get her to budge on the price, she threw in a Veritas Honing Guide (not the MKII) with it. I’ve just been using the cheapie Eclipse type jig before now so it’ll be fun to try this one out. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the angle jig too.

The 1200 Grit “Kind Deluxe Stone” that came with it is brand new in the box but is all in Japanese. Does anyone know for sure if this a waterstone or also an oil stone?

Daren, I’ll post pics later tonight or tomorrow but the one in the smal plastic box is a Washita – Fast Cutting Stone. It appears to be quite old.

Thanks again to all for giving me the thumbs up I was hoping for and wish me luck getting a good edge!

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#7 posted 03-09-2010 12:51 AM

My guess without seeing it is the Japanese stone is a water stone. They prefer them.

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#8 posted 03-09-2010 01:02 AM

Thanks Daren. After posting I did a quick search and found that for sure it is a water stone.

The diamond stone it came with is about 1/4” think solid steel with no original markings. the former owner has etched “x-fine diamond sharpening stone” into the back. Any guesses as to what comparable grit this may be or what purpose it may best serve me?

Also, the stone that has been hand written “lily white surgical” on the box, seems to may not be marked correctly. My limited research shows that Llily White stones are more course and faster cutting than the surgical black Arkansas stones. Maybe the stones were just put in the wrong box because the one in the Lily White box is much smoother than the one in the Surgical Black. The Lily White is almost transluscent and is extremely smooth, almost glass like. Any thoughts on these? Just put in the wrong boxes?

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