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Waterstone comparison - Fine Woodworking

Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:21 pm

Just wanted to let everyone know that Fine Woodworking did an article a while back on the various abrasive properties of several brands of waterstones in the context of woodworking tools. The issue is #224, author is Chris Cochnour. A summary of the article and its conclusions (but without methodology description) has been republished as part of 2013 Tool Guide.

The tests relate to speed of honing O1 and A2 steels, propensity to dish, ease of flattening, and performance while cutting both end grain and long grain.

The following lines of stones are evaluated as three stone progressions 1K/4K/8K (give or take some considering that not all lines have these specific grits available):

Bester/Imanishi
Bester/Kitayama
King
Naniwa Chosera
Naniwas SS
Norton
Shapton Glass
Sigma Power
Sigma Power Select II

cheers,
wm_crash, the friendly hooligan

Re: Waterstone comparison - Fine Woodworking

Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:50 am

I read that, thought it had some pretty predictable results, given what we knuts know about stones. The only surprise for me was that he picked the Nortons as the fastest for A2. I wish there was a "spit" icon that I could use when I say/write "A2". Hate it, ptooey........ Cold and unforgiving. Now I need to try LV's new super steel to see what all the hubbub's about. Maybe in my LA jack with its A2, ptooey...........

I've always liked Chris Gochnour, very down to earth, great teacher, and has a dovetail layout method that is really easy and simple.

Thanks for the steer, I had forgotten about that article.

Rich
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