In bench stones, what is coarser than "India"

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 174 days ago 466 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View HarveyDunn's profile


286 posts in 358 days

174 days ago

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?

3 replies so far

View bondogaposis's profile


2480 posts in 978 days

#1 posted 174 days ago

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

-- Bondo Gaposis

View DocBailey's profile


382 posts in 986 days

#2 posted 174 days ago

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

View Tim's profile


1241 posts in 588 days

#3 posted 174 days ago

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.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase