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Forum topic by Bloonose posted 09-14-2008 05:00 PM 9235 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2008 05:00 PM

1st post on this forum, I’m from the UK and when in the US buy tools to take home as they are much cheaper. I usually get them sent to my hotel and buy from Craftsmanstudio in San Diego, but he does not stock much in the way of sharpening waterstones only Norton. I don’t know much about them, are they any good?This is what I was going to buy, Norton Combo 1000-8000 Grit Waterstone 8×3x1in at $55 plus postage. Is this a good deal? Can anyone recommend something better for less, but it needs to be from somebody who’ll post to a hotel ! I’d like an 8000 upwards grit single or combi stone. Can highy recommend the guy at Craftsmanstudio, hope thats not against your rules? Always goes out of his way and gives the best deal. The hotel will be in Chicago, if that makes any difference?


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#1 posted 09-14-2008 05:22 PM

Hey Bloonose,

Woodcraft sells Norton and other water stones.

I am nowhere near Chicago but looking at their web site it would appear that there are several stores in the Chicago area.


-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 09-14-2008 05:47 PM

The price for the same stone is $80 at that store, I wont be able to do any shopping hence the post to hotel request.

Thanks for the quick reply Scott, seems the price of $55 is really good, just want to know about how good they are? Anyone used the Spyderco UF ceramic stones?

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#3 posted 09-14-2008 05:51 PM

Several months ago I purchased a set at Rockler. It had a 220/1000, 4000/8000, and a flattening stone. I paid under $100 for the set on sale. $It’s 119.99 normally. I highly recommend this along with the Veritas MKII jig. I can now shave with my chisels and plane irons.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#4 posted 09-14-2008 06:07 PM

Bought the veritas jig when I bought my 1st set of chisels, used it a few times and since learning to sharpen freehand it stayed in its box, ebay calls methinks! I have little left hair on my arms after the waterstones have been used…...

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#5 posted 09-15-2008 04:32 AM

I’ve got a 1200/8000 and a 800/4000 stone. Japanese waterstones – King brand I think. Love ‘em!

-- Eric at

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#6 posted 09-15-2008 05:31 AM

I dont know what good a chisel is without a water stone!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 09-15-2008 06:22 AM

I have the Spyderco ceramic stones and they work great for me. I haven’t had any problems with my set but I heard that you have to be careful with them because they are brittle but extremely hard.
They are very easy to use. Just rinse with water for cleanup.
The DMT Diamond Stones are also good. I have those as well.

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#8 posted 09-15-2008 05:09 PM

I have a Norton stone and several of the KING stones.

The major difference is the Norton stones are bigger. Waterstones
are very consistent.

I will tell you this… you don’t need an 8000 stone. a 6000 works
just fine and will get your steel scary sharp with good technique.

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#9 posted 09-15-2008 06:01 PM

Think I’ll buy the Norton I mentioned, I use a combination of Diamond plates for the rough stuff and Waterstones for the final hone at the moment, but the 6000 I have just does not get them perfect, even after a little strop on leather. I found that I was always happy when using an 8000 before hence the purchase. My 1000/6000 combi has a crack at one end.

Thanks for all the advice…..

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#10 posted 09-15-2008 06:15 PM

Have a look here too. Lee Valley has a long history in the metals and sharpening business.

They are also very accomodating.

If your are staying in Chicago , my sincere condolences. <g>


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#11 posted 09-15-2008 08:04 PM

Are ya keeping your waterstones flat? That was my discovery, and it don’t take much concave surface to mess up a honing. “If it ain’t flat, it ain’t right”

-- I ain't lost. People are always tellin me where to go.........

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#12 posted 09-15-2008 08:30 PM

Bob, what’s up with the windy city, thought it was “mighty pretty”, so say’s Doris!!!!! LOL

Flattening you waterstones on a sheet of thick glass with Sandpaper glued to it is the best way I think? Cliff….

LV have proved expensive for postage, have bought some of the Veritas planes and can recommend them big time. The blades are flat when they come and only need a slight fettle, unlike the LN’s I’ve found.

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