Sharping Stones

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Does anybody used sharping stones? I want to learn to sharpen my knifes freehand to get them razor sharp. What stones do I need? Can anybody guide me in the right direction ?I don't want to buy every stone, because I hadn't got the funds. I am not interest in the work sharp or any others just stones.
 

Mr Bya Lungshot

BANNED LUNATIC FRINGE
Ceramic is in your kitchen next to any knife.
Flip a plate over and start trying to slice off the base rim of the plate.
Then grab an old leather belt to finish.
After that find a course stone and an old knife you don’t care for.
That outta get you moving. Look online for more technically advanced advice. A belt sander will sharpen a blade also. Use your resources.
I inherited or was given all my stones so I don’t know where to buy them new.
 

Anvil Head

Senior Member
Really good stones are usually quite pricey. You might have better luck checking yard sales if you want the price down. Don't be afraid to pick up a slightly swayback stone as they can be redressed on coarse and medium wet or dry auto-body sandpaper and a flat surface.
As Mr. B advised practice with old blades like old kitchen knives, etc. until you get it right. Be aware that different blade geometries require different approaches to acheive their best potential, but overall that final sharpening bevel is what makes the diff in razor - not razor.
 
The best I have found are these wet sanding blocks in the auto body aisle at Wal Mart. They are 4x3 and around an 1 1/2 thick. You can use them wet or dry and just wipe them off. They have a very sturdy foam in the middle. Each comes with 2 different grits. I've used them for a couple years now and love them. Their great for a convex or Scandinavian grind.
 

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The best I have found are these wet sanding blocks in the auto body aisle at Wal Mart. They are 4x3 and around an 1 1/2 thick. You can use them wet or dry and just wipe them off. They have a very sturdy foam in the middle. Each comes with 2 different grits. I've used them for a couple years now and love them. Their great for a convex or Scandinavian grind.
I did not think that I would meet such a discussion on the forum. But I support! This stone is really good. I saw it recently, I decided to buy it for the test and I think it will stay with me for life:D
 

Para Bellum

Mouth For War
No expert on stones by any means. Matter of fact, the one I use was a freebie from Copenhagen. I do however really like to finish my work with the ceramic filament out of a big light bulb. It really does a nice job.
 

Jimmypop

Senior Member
I use a 1x30 in. belt sander from Harbor Freight ( $50) and a small whetstone. Carefully grind on both sides until you have a very fine wire edge . Remove the wire edge . I use the fine side of the whetstone. That's as sharp as that piece of metal will ever be.
 

NCHillbilly

Administrator
Staff member
It's hard to find good stones nowadays. The diamond ones are about the best that you can find commonly. Hit it with that, then some ceramic, and strop it on leather to finish it, and you can shave a rat with it without waking it up. :)
 
Anyone ever use one of these? I've got an oil stone, but it doesn't give me what I'm looking for.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081RSJHL...olid=1Q4TYB4478Y85&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
Looks like a really nice set of stones, but unless you are really versed in serious hand sharpening with stones all but two of the stones will get any real use. The 400/1000 will do what most folks are capable of achieving under normal conditions. The rest are just paper weights. Proper stone sharpening that would use the complete set requires a lot of patience and practice.
 

Tom W.

Senior Member
I always liked a good white crockstick. I have an ancient set in the shed. I was given some black ones for Christmas once, they mysteriously disappeared.........all they did was dull my knives.
 

Nicodemus

ADMINISTRATOR
Staff member
I use a very old bench stone to sharpen my knives when they rarely need serious work. Mostly I use a ceramic rod or butcher steel to tetch em up. I try not to ever let em get real dull.
 
Dull knife is just a crappy screw driver with a pretty handle!
 

dwhee87

GON Political Forum Scientific Studies Poster
High Pressure Sodium light bulb quartz core;
Now that's interesting. Is that something commercially available as a knife sharpener, or did you make that yourself?
 
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