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11-08-2011 10:03 PM

Can anyone recommend two oilstones for sharpening chisels and plane irons?

This site ( recommends a medium India stone (about $20) for honing, an ultra-fine hard Arkansas stone (about $160 <cough>t quite as expensive?

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#1 posted 11-08-2011 11:18 PM

Have You tried wet & dry paper for sharpening? I have glued pieces to glass in. and find them to work very well. My paper is 3M co, but most brand name paper will work. Some people have glued the paper to MDF furniture grade. The biggest problem is holding Your blades at THE CORRECT ANGLE. See if this helps You! I have stones, and I like this better.

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#2 posted 11-08-2011 11:18 PM

A good quality fine oil stone will be expensive so that price sounds right…

I have a combination oil stone that I use for my chisels and smaller plane irons…

The stone is not really wide enough for bench plane irons but I think it works great for the chisels and other smaller cutting tools. I have used mine a lot and I think it works well. Its only 30 dollars for 2 stones. Hard to beat that price.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 11-09-2011 03:43 AM

Good oilstones are expensive, but they will last darn near forever. If you have that stone for 20 years (which is entirely possible), you are looking at a cost of 8 dollars per year. Not too shabby. I am not an oilstone user, but have read on them a lot. Some people swear by them. Make sure you also get something to keep them flat, a DMT diamond sharpener works best.

-- Mike

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#4 posted 11-09-2011 09:41 AM

Did you see this one?
That’s a pretty good deal for a translucent
Also I’ve seen a norton translucent for about that same price at
Apparently a black arkansas and a translucent arkansas are very similar. The common consensus seems to be that the translucent stone cuts a little faster and the black stone polishes a little better. I’ve never had a chance to try a black stone and see the difference for myself. The black stones are more abundant then the translucent stones. This makes them less expensive.
I just went through the search for oil stones not too long ago. I ended up buying a dans translucent 2nd from If you sign up for their e-mailing list and wait for a sales flier you can easily knock $10 off their list price. Heck if you would have posted this a week ago I would have given you a $10 gift card they sent me…
A couple of other places that were recomended to me when I asked

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