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Posted on Chisel & Plane Iron Sharpening Stone Suggestions

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#1 posted 04-08-2018 06:08 PM

In my experience, you only need two stones for sharpening. A 600-800 grit stone (it could be a water stone, arkansas stone, or diamond stone) for initial sharpening and a 4000-6000 grit stone for polishing. Follow that with a strop charged with the green compound and you’re golden.

I used to use water stones exclusively, but I’ve recently switched to diamond stones. They’re more expensive, but you don’t ever have to flatten them or soak them. Just a convenience thing – both work perfectly well.

If you have a chisel or plane iron that has big nicks or the wrong bevel angle on it, thats when you would want to use a grinder or some coarser (~100-180 grit) wet/dry sandpaper stuck to a flat surface to set the initial bevel. You can’t really do that on a 600-800 grit stone. You could possibly add a grit of sandpaper in between the coarse and the first stone (~400 grit, probably), just to speed up the polishing from there.

Personally, I would not spend a lot of money on a Tormek or other machine just to sharpen the odd chisel or plane iron. IMO, those are best used by people who need to regularly sharpen carving or turning tools as well as chisels/blades. With water stones, you could spend less than $100 and get everything you need, where you’re going to spend an order of magnitude more than that for the machines.

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