Whyzit or Whozit (Not a Whatzit)

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Forum topic by JustJoe posted 08-03-2013 06:33 PM 1014 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2013 06:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oilstone sharpening

I went to an auction today and bought two lots. First was a Union plane, about the size of a Stanley #6 but fatter (18” long, 2.5” cutter) for $22. The other lot I paid $18 and got a cheap cold-chisel set, some nice pin punches, 2 NOS Nicholson files (large), 1 NOS Nicholson rasp (from before they stopped caring and started producing cr@p.) I suspect I had to pay $18 because I was bidding against other people who wanted cheap cold chisels and old Nicholson files and rasps. I didn’t. I wanted these:

If you’re reading on your smart phone and don’t have a magnifying glass, those are 2 gouges by Adddis. Nice tools they are, as well as dull. Duller than a butter knife. So dull your mother would tell you to go ahead and run with them. Which was surprising because they were nestled in amongst these:

Now I know my sharpening stones. I’ve sold a couple of hundred, and still have well over a hundred. Waterstones, Oilstones, Carborundum, Razor Hones, natural/manmade/diamond, slips, rods, triangles, hockey pucked or spear shaped (for sharpening your farm implements) and more. And though I’m really happy to add these to the pile – especially little white one in the bottom left. It’s a Norton Hard Arkansas triangle about 4” long – I got one I have never seen before:

8.25” long, 1.5” wide, tapering along its length from just under to just over 1/2” thick. It’s dark, it’s heavier than other oilstones I’ve held. Its about as smooth as the smooth side of a 2-sided stone, maybe a bit more, but not as much as a soft arkansas. The long sides are rounded like on a slip stone, and the two short ends are ground to a point:

Well if you’ve read this far, I thank you. And I ask – whozit and/or whyzit?
(It’s not a whatzit – I’m 127% certain it is a sharpening stone. It’s more of a who made it (whozit) or a whyzit (what’s it made to sharpen?). )


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#1 posted 08-03-2013 08:19 PM

In the top photo the 2 very coarse stones top right are for truing and dressing grinding wheels.
Shaped stones come in handy for various task, generally called for in die work.

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#2 posted 08-03-2013 08:57 PM

Well ya wanted ‘em; now ya got ‘em! And, you’ll make use of the rasps, cold chisels, and punches during the rest of your lifetime or sell ‘em to recap your expenditures on the gouges and stones. Have a GR8 weekend. Gloat is active yet.

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#3 posted 08-04-2013 02:19 AM

I would say to sharpen various gouges of different shapes. As to whozit, you would know better than I.

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#4 posted 08-04-2013 02:25 AM

unbob – thanks, I already had those figured out and threw them in a drawer by the grinders. They also work in a pinch to take the big nicks out of lawn mower blades.

Toby, thanks too. I figured maybe gouges but I’ve never seen one that long and narrow, or with the short ends forming a wedge like that.

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