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Choosing water stones

Mark Newton  Member

Simple question...

What are the best water stones on the market?

5/24/15       #2: Choosing water stones ...
rich c.

Best? No idea. I bought King about 30 years ago, still love them. The 800 grit is only about 5/8" thick now.

5/26/15       #3: Choosing water stones ...
Max Neu

I would say the Shapton stones are the the best thing going tight now.

5/26/15       #4: Choosing water stones ...
Mark Newton  Member

Thanks guys. I just bought Sharon professional series stones. 1000 grit and 8000 grit. I already had a 220(ish) Grit. I also ordered a veritable mk2 honing guide. I recently picked up a large flattening stone too so I'm thinking I'm set for now.

5/26/15       #5: Choosing water stones ...
rich c.

I'm not a fan of the 8000 stone. I can get a good working chisel with 800, 1200, and 3000. I just don't feel the difference between 3000 and 8000 is worth it in the shop. Hobbyist can brag about the shine on 8000 polished steel, but you can shave with a 3000 sharpened chisel.

5/26/15       #6: Choosing water stones ...
Mark Newton  Member

Thanks Rich C. I just want to make sure I can get my tools as sharp as possible.

I don't care what they look like.
I don't want to look at myself in them.
I just want to cut wood as easily as possible.

5/27/15       #7: Choosing water stones ...
Max Neu

That's why I use the WorkSharp 3000,I can shave hair/slice through paper,without the hassles of waterstones.I have 3 shapton stones and various jigs,but I rarely use them since buying the Worksharp.I find that I keep blades alot sharper since it's so much more convenient now,within a few seconds I can resharpen without the hassles of flattening stones and making a mess with water,and oiling blades to prevent rust.

5/27/15       #8: Choosing water stones ...

I'll bet that worksharp is sweet. I take silicon carbide paper and a piece of glass or granite tile. Wet the flat surface and stick a piece if paper on it. Put your chisel in a guide and wet the paper. Using 220 then 320 I get a sharp chisel in 2 minutes.

5/28/15       #9: Choosing water stones ...
Jim Clark

Wet/dry sandpaper works so good,
I never use stones anymore.

5/28/15       #10: Choosing water stones ...
David R Sochar Member

You can have my waterstones. They are under 1/4" of dust at the lower back of my sharpening bench. Haven't been used in years.

Once I changed to the cardboard discs with allied abrasives and powered buffing wheels, I never looked back. I can hit every edge tool in the shop, and all the kitchen knives in an hour, and they will all have mirror polished edges that are scalpel sharp. Even the turning gouges. So much faster and more accurate than the waterstones, its like a Model A vs a Maserati.

11/4/15       #11: Choosing water stones ...
Patrick Member

+1 for Shapton professional, especially the 1k.
At higher grits I really like Chosera and the Sigma power (NOT select II) stones.
Tools from Japan has all of them at good prices.

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