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    Looking at Sharpening Stone Systems

    I'd like to buy some sort of waterstone sharpening system.

    Waterstones because they flatten easily and cut quickly.

    I'm tired of my mishmash of 'stuff' and would like to get something decent.

    Just saw this, and it looks interesting. Sort of a self contained unit.


    Norton IM83

    If anybody else has any suggestions on what they like and why, feel free to post. I'm a blank slate on this.
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    I'm not much help there Brent. I'm stuck iin the Scary sharp method..
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    Very valid reply don. Why spend all that money when I've got the glass and sandpaper is cheap...
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    Good Lord, you can buy a lot of sandpaper for that price. 2nd vote for Scary Sharp. But if you want it, get it. Should work nice.

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    So far scary sharp is winning...
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    I have several sharpening systems that I have acquired over the years. None of them particularly expensive. Scary Sharp is one, and I use it often.

    Here is a tip I learned a number of years ago. One knock against the Scary Sharp System is the fact that folks started out by gluing the paper to glass, because it was flat. Glass is fragile. Cast acrylic (not extruded) is likewise flat. I have a 3/8" piece that serves as the base for my system. It works great. It has also taken a dive to the floor a number of time. It just bounced.

    A friend had a much thinner piece. So he screwed it to piece of 3/4" plywood for the stiffness.

    Works for me.

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    I'll be the heretic

    I don't like the Scary sharp, it wears out too fast, and I find that I spend too much time fooling with sandpaper

    I like the ceramic waterstones, the Shapton stones are very good, I get very good results with them, yes they cost money but then again, most good tools do. Start out buying just one or two a month, and build up the stones number of stones you have over time.

    The only place I've found the scary sharp method to work well is with say a #240 sheet of sandpaper on glass to flatten my water stones
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    Stu,

    I know you have a complete set of waterstones right? Are they 'normal' waterstones or ceramic?

    If you were going to to the shapton route, what grit stones would you buy?
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    A Different Norton Set

    Norton has a 'beginners' set for a bit less money. Here is a link to it on Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...prefix=waterst. It is also available from a number of other online sources. Price, about $120. Has 2 double sided stones (220 / 1000 and 4000 / 8000) plus a flattening stone, combination storage boxes and trays for the stones, and the DVD on sharpening.

    I recently picked this up to replace the scary sharp system I had been using. So far I'm liking it. My biggest issue with the scary sharp was replacing the paper so often.

    Dick

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    Richard,

    That certainly looks like an interesting solution, and not too expensive....

    Hmmm... Starting to reach for my credit card....

    (Can you guys tell I'm easily swayed in this thread)
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