In bench stones, what is coarser than "India"

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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 03-01-2014 07:44 PM 1028 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2014 07:44 PM

I’m planning on getting some of the Chris Pye/Norton Oilstones for sharpening wood carving gouges.":

Pye’s recommended first step is a trip to a power grinder or sander – but I don’t have either, and don’t really want one, eith – no matter how cheap they might be. I’m wondering if I can find a stone even coarser than the “coarse India” to use instead. Can anyone suggest something?

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#1 posted 03-01-2014 10:06 PM

I have a stone that is india on one side and carborundum on the other. The carborundum is the coarser side.

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#2 posted 03-01-2014 10:41 PM

In Norton stones, that would be a coarse Crystolon (silicon carbide)

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#3 posted 03-02-2014 02:31 AM

Is a hand crank grinder ruled out too?

DMT makes an extra course stone that they call 120 mesh. Not sure exactly how it compares to 120 grit or other options, but it’s definitely pretty course.

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