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Sharpening Stone Adiction.

Discussion in 'Kit Chatter' started by Wayne, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. Wayne

    Wayne BCUK Welfare Officer
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    I have a confession I am addicted to buying sharpening kit.

    I can’t help myself if I see a nice old stone then it’s so tempting.

    A good stone is a joy to use.

    Then there is the variety of shapes and materials from natural stones to ceramics.

    Am I alone craving more sharpening kit?
     
  2. Janne

    Janne Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Well, I do own some newfangled systems...
    One in particular could be exhibited at MoMa.

    But, I always seem to gravitate to a well worn old stone...
     
  3. Robson Valley

    Robson Valley Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    As a means to an end, the old stones were no help, however cleaned up and flatted.
    Modern papers on granite faces gave me the edges that I needed.
     
  4. EdS

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    Is that the beautiful stuff that Dan found ? Razor sharpening quality.

    M
     
  6. John Fenna

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    Hoarding whetstones?
    At least you will have something to use with your axes!:)
     
  7. EdS

    EdS Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Mary

    Yes it is.
     
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    That's a really kind offer then EdS :)
    I think Wayne would appreciate it properly too. It's lovely stuff, it really is.

    M
     
  9. Wayne

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  10. EdS

    EdS Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I'll have a look over the weekend when I'm about in day light
     
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    Wayne BCUK Welfare Officer
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    Very kind of you. Thank you.
     
  12. John Fenna

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    I have a couple of pieces of that - great stuff for that final hone :)
     
  13. Robson Valley

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    I'd like to "collect" but there's nothing here even a century in age and garage sales are few and far between.
    Old stone with beer-belly profiles are just as likely to get tossed as saved.
    There are some almost glassy stones (hard Arkansas?) that I'd like to have, just for looks.
    I bought all sorts of different sharpening tools and kit. I feel like I have one of everything!
    I did stop short of Tomz and Tormek. Santa refuses to deliver diamond plates.

    The plan was to use each one and then the next, and then the next, ever striving for a good edge.
    I thought each one would be the last one I'd ever need to buy. Wrong.
    I've got 5 different systems in the kitchen alone and far more in the shop.
    After a fashion, they all work.

    Was not until I began wood carving did I come to learn a lot about bevel angles,
    free-hand sharpening to "carving sharp" and being able to replicate the process over and over again.
    Now, I can wrap 1,000 grit paper around a mandrel and tune up a crooked knife over my knee.
    I found that I needed to honestly learn what to do and how to do it.
     
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  14. MartiniDave

    MartiniDave Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    If I see an old stone of any description at a car boot sale I usually end up buying it. I've picked up some really good bench stones for as little as 50p.
    Most folk clearing out granddad's shed have no idea what's what.
     
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  15. Joe tahkahikew

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    If you travel our land we have a couple of places we can find stones to sharpen our tools also.
     
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