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Norton 8k

Thu May 24, 2012 12:00 pm

Someone out their please refresh my memory, does a norton 8k require any soak time it is a very dense stone and I can't remember I know the rest do but don't remember about the 8k. Thanks and peace jmbullman

Re: Norton 8k

Thu May 24, 2012 12:52 pm

Hi James,

If I remember right that stone needs only a very brief soak. The stone will tell you if it dries out quickly it needs a little bath. If not you're good to go.

Re: Norton 8k

Thu May 24, 2012 12:58 pm


I also do a very brief soak. Have also heard it is NOT to be left in soak for extended periods, but can't speak to that directly.

I normally just splash mine and start sharpening.

Re: Norton 8k

Thu May 24, 2012 1:24 pm

Thanks guys u are the best and this is and will be the most knowledgable forum ever started. Bullman

Re: Norton 8k

Thu May 24, 2012 1:30 pm

No long soaks, 4 minutes is enough

Re: Norton 8k

Fri May 25, 2012 9:42 am

the norton 8k does not need to be soaked at all according to norton as the stone is so dense it doesn't take much if any water. it's a true splash and go. I have left my stone in water for over half a year and never had a problem either (mine is a combo and the 4k on the other side needs soaking, thus...).

Re: Norton 8k

Fri May 25, 2012 2:11 pm

Thanks to all I can't remember sometimes on what to soak and what not to soak guess I am going to have to make a chart, getting old sucks. Jmbullman

Re: Norton 8k

Sat May 26, 2012 8:40 am

In general this is true for most high grit stones. The particles are so fine they're jamed together nice a tight which makes them less thirsty than lower grit stones. There are a few exceptions but almost all the 8-15 K stones I've tried either are splash and go or very short soakers.
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