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#1 posted 04-07-2018 05:41 PM

I have a Makita I use with a 1000 grit wheel
sometimes. It makes a mess because like a
potter’s wheel it throws muddy water around.
On hand tools the edge is sharp enough to use
but I think the edge holds up longer with
further polishing. For that I go to an 8000
grit water stone. 6000 or 4000 are also quite
good and cheaper. Sometimes I’ve use a
buffing wheel but I think for straight edge tools
like chisels and plane irons the stone gets it
sharper.

You’ll hack up water stones unless you use a
guide or approach hand honing with a zen-like
focus. The most ideal honing guide for water
stones currently sold is made by VSC Tools, and
it’s expensive. It doesn’t ride on the surface of
the stone so it’s convenient to spread wear all
over the surface which reduces the dishing that
requires flattening the stone.

If all this sounds like a lot of fuss, it is. Perhaps
stropping or diamond stones will suit you better.


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