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Combination Waterstones
Water stones will cut metal quickly and are a quality, economical choice for sharpening. Use water on them while sharpening to wash away the grit and metal. For preliminary sharpening where chips exist or bevel angle need to be changed, use the 250/1000 waterstone. To remove smaller nicks and do a finish sharpening of woodworking chisels and other tools, the 800/4000 combination is the best choice. Finally, use the 1000/6000 waterstone for creating a polished edge. If you just get one, get the 800/4000. This will serve most needs.

Combination Waterstones

Combination Waterstones
Water Stone Set
If you want to get the finest edge possible on your tools, consider this three piece water stone set. Use the 800/4000 stone after your grinder to establish a polished edge, then use the 6000 stone with the Nagura to create a highly polished edge that is extremely sharp.

Sharpening Stones

Sharpening Stones
Three Stone Oil Sharpening System
If you prefer traditional oil stones, this handly combination contains all you need. Includes three 6'' stones (1 Hard Arkansas: fine, 1 soft Arkansas: medium, and 1 Aluminum Oxide: Coarse), 1 ounce premium honing oil and sharpening angle guide.

Three Stone Oil Sharpening System

Three Stone Oil Sharpening System
DMT Duo-Sharp Diamond Stones
Diamond stones are more expensive, but diamond is the hardest of all abrasive materials, so these stones will last forever. As well, diamond is known to cut metal fast. Precision flatness, durable construction. Available in two grit combinations. Base sold separately.

DMT Duo-Sharp Diamond Stones

DMT Duo-Sharp Diamond Stones
Spyderco Ceramic Stone Medium/600 Grit 2" x 8"
Spyderco sharpening stones are ceramic stones but unlike man-made Japanese water or ceramic stones, Spyderco's stones require no lubrication of any kind. No oil. No water. No slurry. Best of all, no mess. The medium (brown) stones have a grain structure ideal for quick stock removal such as re-shaping a blade or removing nicks.
Spyderco Ceramic Stone Fine/1800 Grit 2" x 8"
Spyderco sharpening stones are ceramic stones but unlike man-made Japanese water or ceramic stones, Spyderco's stones require no lubrication of any kind. No oil. No water. No slurry. Best of all, no mess. The fine and ultra fine (white) stones do not wear at all and have a grain structure that excels polishing the edge of any steel.
Spyderco Ceramic Stone Ultra Fine/2000 Grit 2" x 8"
Spyderco sharpening stones are ceramic stones but unlike man-made Japanese water or ceramic stones, Spyderco's stones require no lubrication of any kind. No oil. No water. No slurry. Best of all, no mess. The fine and ultra fine (white) stones do not wear at all and have a grain structure that excels polishing the edge of any steel.
Spyderco Ceramic Stone Set, 2"x 8"
Set of 3 ceramic stones. Spyderco stones do not require any special maintenance such as flattening, simply an occasional cleaning with any powered cleanser is all that's needed to refresh the surface and keep these stones in top shape. Spyderco bench stones are flat (guaranteed within .020) and broad (2" x 8"). Ideal for sharpening and polishing a wide variety of tools from chisels to plane blades. Each stones comes packed in a rigid polymer case with rubber feet that protects the stone and provides a base for table top use. The set includes 600, 1800 & 2000 grit stones.
Honing Guide
Holds chisels and plane irons in a set position to ensure a square edge on tools. Allows easy adjustment of the tool in the jig so you can set the tool to contact the stone properly on the bevel. Works very well.

Honing Guide

Honing Guide
DELTA GR450 8" VS Grinder with Tool-less Quick Change
The DELTA GR450 includes 5 amp, 60 hz, 1725-3450 RPM, Single Phase motor, patent pending quick change/tool-less wheel changing system, flexible lamp, cast iron tool rest, eye shields, spark deflectors, coarse, friable, buffing wheels, adjustment wrench, diamond wheel dresser, instruction manual Variable-speeds (1725-3450 RPM) for grinding, sharpening, or buffing. Quick change variable-speed system on front. Sharpening wheel allows you to sharpen a variety of materials. Cast-iron base minimizes operating vibration. Also includes adjustment wrench and diamond wheel dresser. Flexible gooseneck lamp for clear view of grinding wheels and workpiece.

DELTA GR450 8" VS Grinder with Tool-less Quick Change

DELTA GR450 8" VS Grinder with Tool-less Quick Change
Work Sharp™ WS3000 Tool Sharpener and Accessories
Air-cooled, dry sharpening system eliminates the mess of a wet system and delivers higher material removal rates without affecting the steel temper. Compare to sharpening systems that cost $100 more! Unique design allows for fast and easy reshaping of new or damaged chisels and planes (up to 2" wide), and fast honing of a micro bevel. Bevel angles are adjustable and are set in the sharpening port — not in a fixture or jig — so switching between angles is simple and fast. With maintenance-free tempered glass grinding wheel. Click here to watch the video! --- 2007 National Hardware Show Award Winner!

Work Sharp™ WS3000 Tool Sharpener and Accessories

Work Sharp™ WS3000 Tool Sharpener and Accessories
JET Slow Speed Wet Sharpener System
The JET Slow Speed Wet Sharpener offers woodworkers an advanced combination of features that are not available on any other sharpening system. It comes equipped with variable speed control, and includes an oversized water tray, and tool storage tray. A variety of accessories are included: support arm, stone grader, straight edge jig, honing compound, angle measuring device, existing angle measuring device, DVD and instruction manual. Enclosed motor housing keeps debris and water from interior of tool Variable dial speed control maintains outer wheel speed regardless of sharpening stone diameter Torque adjustment applies consistent pressure to drive shaft Oversized water tray has a flared top edge to capture more water during sharpening Built-in storage tray provides a convenient place for sharpening accessories Diameter scale provides a quick reference of stone wheel diameter Warranty

JET Slow Speed Wet Sharpener System

JET Slow Speed Wet Sharpener System
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You need several basics to sharpen chisels and plane irons properly. First, you must be able to establish or re-establish a bevel on the tool, of about 25 degrees. Repeated sharpening increases the bevel to the point where it is too large. You can re-establish the bevel with coarse stones, but this takes a long time because you have to remove a lot of metal. So, having a grinder is really necessary on the long term, if you do a lot of sharpening.

Next, you need the right grit of stones. Off the grinder, the edge is rough, so you need about an 800 stone or Arkansas soft to smooth it enough to take a fine polishing. Then, a fine stone, like a 4000 water stone or Arkansas black is used to finish up the edge.

What type of stone should you get? Arkansas natural stones, Japanese water stones, diamond stones, or ceramic? They will all do the job well, each has advantages and disadvantages. Arkansas natural stones require oil for honing which is messy, but the cost is lower. Japanese water stones use water, cut fast, and are economical. They will wear, though, and will require flattening. Diamond stones are expensive but last forever and work very well. Ceramic require no water or oil so are neat and clean, and supposedly never require flattening. A little pricey. My choice? I've always been happy with my water stones.

Holding the tool at the right angle to the stone is critical to getting the edge just right. That's why I never do this by hand alone- I always use a honing jig, like that shown above.

Remember that you have to lap the other side of the tool- the side without the bevel. A sharp edge has two sides to it, and both must be polished smooth for the edge to be razor sharp.

The motorized complete sharpening systems shown above make the whole task of sharpening quick and easy, but at a price.

For sharpening other tools like carving chisels or edges that are curved, a variety of different shaped stones and other tools are available. Check the links above.

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