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1017 days ago

Here is a Pic of my new sharpening system now all I have to do is learn to use it. It is a veritas stone pound with a 800 grit stone and a 4000 stone with a Mk.II honing guide, the stones are JAP waterstones as of now they are in the pond submerged in water waiting for my set of narex chisels to come in tomorrow.

So now what, gues I need to strat flatting the backs, will the 800 grit stone work for that also will the 4000 stone give me a mirror fininsh on the back of the chisels?

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#1 posted 1017 days ago

Nice, Have fun. :)

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 1016 days ago

Hi Bryan,

To flatten the back, start with 800 or 1000 grit and then move up to 4,000 and 8,000. The 4,000 probably won’t give the back a polished look. If you live near a LV store, you can ask for a demo on how to use the MKII jig which is easy (and accurate) once you see it used. Of course, you can read the instructions and learn it (just a little slower).

Five tips to share:

1) Use a small engineer’s square to double check that the blade or iron is mounted square to the jig before you begin the sharpening.
2) Lighten up on your last pass before you switch to the next grit stone and do the same when you get to the last pass on your last stone.
3) Soak the coarse stones in the water for 10 minutes before you use them; the 8000-grit stone needs only a spritz
4) Check the knob position that it’s pointing upward when you start and rotate it to 3 O’clock when it’s time for creating the micro-bevel.
5) Use the full face of the stone and flatten it often (I always check the flatness with a straight edge after each use).

Have fun.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#3 posted 1015 days ago

I doubt the 4000 stone will give you the polished look, at least the Norton waterstone doesn’t. The Japanese stones might work differently. You’re gonna love the MKII honing guide. Its damn near impossible not to get a good edge with it. Have fun!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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