|Forum topic by 12strings||posted 530 days ago||498 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
530 days ago
So, I got my first waterstones (1000 & 6000) for Christmas, and just got around to using them this week. They are Japanese waterstones…I sharpened about 8-9 chisels and 8-9 plane irons yesterday and today…starting with coarse sandpaper, then a cheap 4-sided/4grit harbour-freight diamond stone, then 1000 & 6000 waterstones.
I definitely got a better edge than I have gotten before, but especially the 6000, which is a brick-red color, is extremely messy, the 1000 is better…
I have a few questions for those more experienced:
1. People talk about doing a “quick hone” then getting back to work…it seems Like I would be more like “hone, wipe offblade, wipe blade with different oil rag to prevent rust, re-install blade, go clean off the water-stone, then get back to work.” Am I missing something?
2. For you free-handers (which I am…no honing guide…yet), do you have some trick to avoid cutting the stone…I kept getting the blade too high and taking nicks out of the stones.
-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!