Waterstone and Leather Strop Field Sharpening Kits April 2012

shep

Maker
Mar 22, 2007
930
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Dear all,

I have made another 12 of these.

The last 6 will ship after a short delay as I just knocked over my dye pot. I'll finish them when more arrives!

They include a 1000/6000 grit combination Japanese waterstone of about 4x1" and a nagura stone threaded onto the tie of a 15" leather strop.





They cost £27 including shipping.

Please PM me and post on the thread. I will reply with my Paypal details.

Thanks for your interest.
 

shep

Maker
Mar 22, 2007
930
1
Suffolk
6 down 6 to go.

Lots of people ask how best to use these. There is no right answer, but I wrote the instructions below for someone on PM and thought I would share. There are 100 other threads with more detailed discussion of sharpening, but this will give you a good edge and a shaving one if you take care.

Orange side is 1000 grit (coarser), cream side is 6000 grit (fine). So compared to the DC4 you've got a useable 'rough' side as opposed to the brutal diamond side of the DC4 and a finer fine side for extra sharpness.

The sequence I use is based on one of the books and is as follows:

Soak the combi stone for about 10mins

then for dull edges on 01 steel or equivalent:

Orange side
8 passes on one bevel
8 passes on other bevel
16 passes alternating

Cream side
8 passes alternating

Rub nagura into cream side for fine slurry
Further 8 passes alternating

Strop
(leave the slurry residue on your blade)
25 passes alternating on flesh side
25 passes alternating on smooth side

Shave
Watch in amazement as hairs fall from your arm at a stroke

Other notes
For honing a blade that is pretty good, skip the orange side

For touching up after use just strop

I double all of the above for harder steels like my 154CM leatherman

I often cut corners and skip a few passes and the results are still very good

Always take care to keep the angle correct so that the bevel lies flat on both the stones and the strop


Enjoy!
 
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shep

Maker
Mar 22, 2007
930
1
Suffolk
7 down 5 to go

The first 5 were despatched today.

The next lot will go later next week pending my dye delivery!
 

shep

Maker
Mar 22, 2007
930
1
Suffolk
And that's them all claimed.
Thanks everyone.

I will be up a hill for the rest of the weekend so will update again next week once the last lot go into the post.

I won't take preorders (not organised enough), but drop me a PM if you're interested so that I know if it is worth doing more.