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Forum topic by daddywoofdawg posted 04-08-2015 04:09 AM 703 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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daddywoofdawg

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04-08-2015 04:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening

I’m looking at getting a double sided waterstone, it’s a 1000/4000 grit I’ll be using it to flatten and then sharpening.Is 1000 too much? I have seen videos that use 800 and 4000.


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Lumberpunk

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#1 posted 04-08-2015 06:47 AM

I have that stone, it works but if you have to flatten the backs of a bunch of chisels or irons I would say get something coarser as well or start with sandpaper or be prepared for a good workout.

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#2 posted 04-08-2015 06:44 PM

Sharpening is one of those subjects where everyone’s got their own take.

IMO, for flattening 1000 is too high to start out with.
Depending on the condition of the blade, you want to start with a use a much coarser stone, like 300.

1000 is also too low to stop at (IMO) but if you stop there you will do ok.

I usually start at 250 or 300 then go thru to 600, 1000, 4000, & finish with 8000.

I’ve always believed a polished surface is sharper, but I recently read an article that disproves that.

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#3 posted 04-08-2015 06:59 PM

Unless you have to regrind or fix a primary angle, this stone combination should serve you well and become your main bench stone for all practical purposes. These are usually reasonably priced.

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#4 posted 04-08-2015 08:11 PM

IMHO 1000 is way too fine for any kind of reprofiling. When I flatten backs or change primary angles I use a XX coarse (250) diamond plate then move to 1000 water stone. Water stones coarser than 1000 groove and deform way too fast for my liking and diamond removes material faster.

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Bill White

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#5 posted 04-08-2015 08:15 PM

Let me chime in on the “how much is too much” side of this issue.
I have water stones bought from the now defunct AMT company. These stones have been in service for almost 20 years. I have no idea as to the proposed grit, but have used ‘em regularly. One is somewhat coarse, the other is fine. I keep ‘em in a bath of water with a slight dash of bleach to prevent mold and other “gack”.
These puppies have sharpened many a knife, chisel, and plane iron.
I am of the opinion that ya use what ya have to the best of your ability. They will outlive me for sure, and I just keep ‘em clean, flat, and wet.
My stuff is VERY sharp after lapping on a strop with aluminum oxide (green).
I guess that I could spend umpteen bucks and many study hours, but it works for me.
Science is what you make of it.
How many of the old masters worried about micron edges that would shave the hair from a flying squirrel at such and such air miles per hour?
Maybe I’m just an old fart, but no visible edge is a sharp edge in my shop. My arms and hands without hair seem to live up to my process.
Challenge away.
Bill

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