Slip stone - soft or hard?

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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 01-30-2014 04:25 AM 722 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2014 04:25 AM

I’ve bought a copy of Dick Onians’ book “Essential Woodcarving Techniques”. His basic kit for sharpening are three hard Arkansas bench stones (coarse, medium and finishing), and an Arkansas slip stone. He doesn’t actually provide much else detail. Now, since the bench stones are supposed to be “hard Arkansas” as well. But when I went to the store today, the only slip stone they had was “soft Arkansas”, so I didn’t buy one. Anyone got any advice for this newbie?

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#1 posted 01-30-2014 04:31 AM

I use a soft, medium and black slip stones on the carving tools in my rack.

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 05:51 AM

I have German manufactured water stones, much harder than the Japanese ones. Red and white, med and fine. Also a Hard Black Arkansas. I keep them all in a tin of turps so they are always ready.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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