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Forum topic by Jeff82780 posted 09-23-2015 10:42 PM 1248 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2015 10:42 PM

What’s up fellow LJ’s! I need some advice. So today my new lie nielsen honing guide arrived.haven’t used it yet, but I’m off tomorrow and gonna get a sharpening session in. Anyway, since I have this new guide I’m itching fot new stones too. I already have the norton 1,000, 4000, and 8000 grit. I like these stones but I hear the shapton are where it’s at. I’m thinking about getting there 1000, 5000, and 15,000 stones. I’ve never used shapton before so I don’t know how much quicker they cut. Just wanna here input what other people have to say. Should I just stick with my norton or take the plunge and get some shaptons.

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#1 posted 09-24-2015 01:54 AM

Hey Jeff,

I used Norton for a while, but I switched entirely to Shapton. They are simply better stoners IMHO. They sharpen quicker and stay flatter, and they have a good set of accessories – their lapping plate works well. I have a bunch of Japanese chisels and planes, and I really like the Shapton stones. The set you describe is great – might want to add an 8000 in there – going from the 5000 to the 15000 is quite a leap. I get great polish with my 8000. I reserve the 15000 for when I want to impress people! :-)

Hope this helps


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#2 posted 09-24-2015 03:02 AM

The best price for the Shaptons when I was looking the other day is from Japan.

Even with shipping from Japan you are looking at less money than buying here in the states. I ended up going with the Sigma Power set that he was offering instead of the Shaptons.

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