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    Completely Stoned.....



    I now have a complete set of Shapton sharpening stones, I'm really liking these stones.....(yes that is a gloat!)



    All lined up with my glass plate and sandpaper for flattening and a holder for the stones, as well as a pan to try to keep most of the goo in check.


    #120, #220, #320, #1000, #2000, #5000, #8000, #12000 then a chunk of MDF with the diamond paste from Lee Valley which is 1-micron and is maybe close to a #30000 stone...?


    It all packs into this carry box...


    and with a couple of straps, that I still have to get, the holder and plate will fit right on top.


    I have the Shapton Diamond lapping stone coming, yeah I know it is pricy, but I'm spending a lot of my time keeping my hand tools sharp, so I figured I might as well splurge, I'll certainly get a lot of use out of it.

    Cheers!
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    That's one serious collection of sharpening supplies you've got there!

    What did you do with the old set of stones you had?

    Nice job on the pond and storage system...
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    I don't know anything about Shapton stones but they look neat.
    Congrats.
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    ooooooooo! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    Sweet Stu!

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    Lookin great you should be able to get a closer shave now.
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    Where did you get them from? I have been wanting to pick a few up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    That's one serious collection of sharpening supplies you've got there!

    What did you do with the old set of stones you had?

    Nice job on the pond and storage system...
    Thanks!
    The old stones I wore them out, all but one got very thin and then developed cracks, so I was slowly replacing them with the Shaptons.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Where did you get them from? I have been wanting to pick a few up.
    I'm not sure that you can get these outside of Japan The ones I usually see outside of Japan are the Shapton Glass stones, that is a much thinner stone glued to a piece of glass. These are all called "Professional Water Stones", no glass, they are 15mm/5/8" thick. I understand that when they start to get thin, the trick is to then glue them to a piece of glass so you don't break one.

    A quick look and they are available in the US from >> Japan Woodworker <<

    I love the way they cut
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    I've got a set of the glass ones. The glass will let you get really, really thin while they will still be useable. They sure do cut good...

    Stu must do a lot of sharpening to wear them out!
    Last edited by Brent Dowell; 07-28-2011 at 10:32 PM.
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    Thanks for the info Stu
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    I've got a set of the glass ones. The glass will let you get really, really thin while they will still be useable. They sure do cut good...

    Stu must do a lot of sharpening to wear them out!
    I did not wear out any Shaptons, but a cheaper Shapton-like ceramic wet stone I bought a while back, they were glued to poor quality plastic bases that flexed when you sharpened stuff, this led to some of them cracking very early on, I beefed up the bases so I could use the uncracked ones, but they do wear down with use.

    Yeah, I use my stones a lot, not much point in a dull chisel or plane blade
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