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Re: Looking for portable stones for on site sharpening

Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:23 pm

Thanks Ken. I did email you at earthlink a couple of months ago about getting into natural stones, but I must have ended up in your spam filter.

Re: Looking for portable stones for on site sharpening

Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:39 pm

Hi folks, just an update: the Glass Stones arrived and are all that everyone promised - they're light, fast and easy to deal with. I'm really liking the results I'm getting from them. I just got back from giving the 1k stone a little workout at the Good Shepherd ministries here in Toronto. If you ever have some free time or you've just run out of dull knives to sharpen, I heartily reccommend taking your stones for a trip to your local homeless shelter. You wouldn't believe what this kitchen was making do with.
You can read about the Shaptons' debut here: http://sisforsharp.wordpress.com/2013/0 ... rd-centre/
Thanks again to everyone who made suggestions. Next purchase will be Glass Stones in 220 and 500 grit. Boy, was I glad of my little DMT plate today!

Re: Looking for portable stones for on site sharpening

Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:48 pm

Hey Sean,

That's a nice article you wrote for your blog.

And for everyone else - you need to check out this video on Sean's site. Unbelievable sword skills!!! I mean sick skills!!!

http://sisforsharp.wordpress.com/2013/0 ... r-awesome/

Re: Looking for portable stones for on site sharpening

Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:32 am

Thanks Steve. The Samurai video came from http://www.facebook.com/swordpolish (I hope this link to Facebook works) which is a page full of very pretty, very costly sharp things. And he does Godzilla dioramas, so, c'mon, how cool is that?

What do you folks think about a coarse Shapton? Some other threads seem to suggest I could go 320 > 1000 in Glass Stones instead of 220 > 500 > 1000. How much speed would I lose cutting bevels in stainless steel using the 320 instead of the 220? Would a 320 Shapton cut faster than a coarse DMT plate (C=320 according to DMT grit charts)? I really don't like the DMT scratches but it's hard to beat the versatility of the C/XC double sided plate.

Re: Looking for portable stones for on site sharpening

Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:57 am

You will not loose much speed going with the 320. You will make some of that time up being able to go directly to your 1k right from the 320 and skipping the 500. You also won't have to fight the diamond scratches. If you get a really bad blade you always have your diamond plates to fall back on.

Re: Looking for portable stones for on site sharpening

Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:29 pm

BTW the Shapton Pro boxes stack very securely and give me an extra 4 inches or so of height when I'm working on-site. This can come in really handy when the only place to work is a low bistro table. They also fit the CKTG balsa strops very nicely for finishing.
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