28 February 2013 at 2:50 pm #8664KenParticipant
Fot those of us that still like using water stones.
Waterstones are great for your day to day sharpening and these OHISHI Waterstones are fabulous stones. They cut quickly and most of the range are dense and hard enough not to require soaking prior to use. A sprinkle of water is all you need to get to work for grits of 1000 and finer. We carry the full range of these 8″ (200mm) x 3″ (75mm) Ohishi stones. They are only available through Classic Hand Tools in the UK and we also ship into Europe.
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in the USA are now recommending Ohishi stones to their vast customer base in North America after extensive and lengthy trials.28 February 2013 at 3:51 pm #8667STEVE MASSIEParticipant
Ken I have the Sigma Power stones in 120, 1000,6000, and 8000 grit which I like very much and sharpens some of the newer designer metals easlily like A2, PMVII from Lee Valley. I bought these from Stu “Schtoo” from Tools From Japan, very knowledgeable and really a nice Guy to do business with. I also use the Atoma 400 Diamond stone for flattening these stones only.
I haven’t tried Paul sellers Diamond stones yet, I may one day.
Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US28 February 2013 at 4:03 pm #8668KenParticipant
Thanks Steve, It’s good to know you can sharpen the newer metals with them. I have not tried Paul’s Diamond stones, but they do look to do the job.
Ken3 March 2015 at 11:37 am #125202Salko SaficParticipant
I’ve only ever used Norton but now they are no loner available through LN due to some disagreement so all I can get is ohishi or shapton. Shapton is much cheaper but I’m confused between the two which one is better, I sharpen several times in a day everyday so I need something that will lessen my sharpening time and give me a keen edge. The only thing I don’t like about Norton is how it stains my fingers, it takes several hard scrubs to some of it off which the remnants of it always stains my timber.
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(Hand tool only woodworking magazine)3 March 2015 at 12:28 pm #125205chemical_cakeParticipant
Salko, I have used the King soft-style water stones and now use an Ohishi combinatiom stone. I have not tried Shapton because they are too expensive, about twice the price in the UK.
The 1000 grit side is rather slow compared to soft stones, the 6000 is about comparable. I can accept a little dish so flatten fairly rarely, about every 90 hours of woodworking (not that that’s an especially comparable number), so they seem to take more abuse than traditional soft water stones.
Even though they are harder, you can still dig a hole in them if you’re freehanding and not paying attention.
Southampton, UK3 March 2015 at 12:33 pm #125206chemical_cakeParticipant
PS I use an oilstone for heavy stuff, water stones aren’t really up to it. You just have to be careful not to contaminate the water stones with oil, they really don’t like it.
Southampton, UK3 March 2015 at 7:52 pm #125214Salko SaficParticipant
Thanks Mathew im surprised that shaptons are so expensive in the uk while it’s quite the opposite here. I rarely sharpen freehand I like the uniformity and exact bevel angle I get with my mkII however I did oil the wheels and it started oozing out on my stone which I know isnt a good thing but nothing happened. I wonder if it’s all the same between all those different brands.
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