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Double Sided and Graded Sharpening Stone - 600/1500

Double Sided and Graded Sharpening Stone - 600/1500

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Double grit Sharpening Stone - 600/1500

Sharpening stones are commonly used to sharpen; Knifes, chisels, Axes & Other Hand Tools in the kitchen, home, workshop, job site and the great outdoors.

Features:

  • Brand new and high quality
  • Hand Made
  • Non-slip rubber like base stands that ensure the stone stays stable while in use; and protected whilst stored or transported.
  • The firm but porous structure of the stone continuously releases small particles during sharpening. When mixed with water, the particles, are responsible for sharpening.

Other Available grits: 240/400, 240/800, 300/600, 400/1000, 600/1500, 1000/3000, 1000/4000, 1000/6000, 2000/5000, 3000/8000.
Caution: Please never soak finer grit stones (3000 grit and above). When preparing, simply wet the surface and it is ready for use. Failure to do so will result in the stone cracking or weakening.

Approximate Measurements:

  • Long 180mm
  • Wide 60mm
  • High 15mm
  • Weight 365g (Varies with grit)

How to Use:

  • Choose appropriate grade of stone (See Stone Grits)
  • Do not soak in water finishing stones 3000 grit and above. Splash with water only. For grits less than 3000 then soak stone in water for 5 minutes
  • Choose sharpening angle
  • Maintain the correct angle by using a jig or by using the stacked coin method.
  • Keep blade wet whilst sharpening at appropriate angle.
  • After use let the stone dry thoroughly. Returning a stone into its box while still wet or damp will result in mould and may cause damage.

In theory three stones are needed for sharpening:

  • One to grind,
  • one to sharpen and
  • one to hone. (See also our honing accessories)

How to use a sharpening stone?

Using a sharpening stone is an effective way to sharpen and maintain the edge of a knife, chisel, or other cutting tool. Here are the basic steps to use a sharpening stone:

  1. Choose the right stone: There are many types of sharpening stones, such as diamond stones, oil stones, and water stones. Choose the right stone for the tool you want to sharpen and follow the manufacturer's instructions for use.
  2. Prepare the stone: If you are using an oil or water stone, make sure to soak it in the appropriate liquid for the recommended amount of time. This will help lubricate the stone and make the sharpening process more effective.
  3. Position the stone: Place the stone on a flat surface, such as a workbench or table, with the coarse side facing up.
  4. Hold the tool: Hold the tool you want to sharpen at the correct angle, usually between 15 and 30 degrees depending on the tool and its intended use.
  5. Start sharpening: Move the tool back and forth across the stone, maintaining a consistent angle and pressure. Start with the coarse side of the stone and use light pressure to remove any nicks or chips in the blade.
  6. Flip the stone: Once you have sharpened one side of the blade, flip the stone over and repeat the process on the other side with the finer grit side of the stone.
  7. Clean the blade: Once you have finished sharpening, wipe the blade clean with a cloth to remove any metal particles or debris.
  8. Test the blade: Test the sharpness of the blade by cutting a piece of paper or other thin material. If the blade cuts cleanly and smoothly, it is sharp and ready to use.

It's important to note that sharpening tools with a stone takes practice and patience. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for your specific stone and take your time to ensure the best results.

Which abrasive should be used for which tool?

Different types of abrasive materials are used to sharpen different types of tools, and choosing the right abrasive is important to ensure the best results. Here are some general guidelines on which abrasive should be used for which tool:

  1. Diamond stones: Diamond stones are a popular choice for sharpening knives and other tools with a straight blade, such as chisels and plane irons. They are also effective for sharpening carbide tools.
  2. Water stones: Water stones are commonly used to sharpen knives, chisels, and plane irons. They come in various grits, with lower grits (coarse) used for repairing and shaping blades and higher grits (fine) used for honing and refining the edge.
  3. Oil stones: Oil stones are typically used for sharpening tools with a curved or rounded blade, such as gouges and carving knives. They can also be used for sharpening straight blades but are less effective than diamond or water stones.
  4. Sandpaper: Sandpaper can be used to sharpen knives and other tools in a pinch. Coarse grits (around 100-200) are used for initial grinding and shaping, while finer grits (400-600) are used for honing and refining the edge.
  5. Honing compounds: Honing compounds, such as chromium oxide or diamond paste, are used with a leather strop or other polishing material to refine and polish the edge of a blade. They are commonly used for sharpening razors and other tools that require an extremely sharp edge.

In general, it's important to choose an abrasive that matches the type of tool you are sharpening, and the level of sharpening required. A coarse abrasive is used for shaping and repairing a damaged blade, while a finer abrasive is used for honing and refining the edge.

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