I have just gotten serious about sharpening my own tools. namely my chisels and such. in addition I have come across some great buys on some old planes at flea markets/garage sales that have required overhaul. Some required new blades. even then i have learned that out of the box they still need some attention on the stone.
Ok, so i have a bench grinder and the veritas jig i use only to remove the nicks and start the bevel.
I have chosen to go with the Arkansas stones vice the manmade oil/water stones. I know there are pro's and cons to both, from the reading i have done on the subject. Some folks swear by the manmade water/oil stones and think the arkansas stones are substandard. Others feel the opposite way.
I chose to go with the arkansas for the following reasons:
#1 i purchased a "soft" off of ebay for 7.99 and it cuts one hell of a quick bevel. Easier to clean than the manmade etc. I also purchased a surgical arkansas to finetune/give a few quick swipes after each use. I decided to order a black arkansas and a larger soft to accomidate the wider tools. this cost me a few bucks more than buying the array of manmade stones including the 1000x/4000x
SO i am just curious. what is the general consensous here? for those of you that sharpen your own chisels and such do you prefer the arkansas natural stones or the man made water/oil stones and why?
When i first started, i bought the norton oil stone and their oil from the home depot and honestly it served me well but i think i ruined it. i was not aware that you had to clean it after each use etc etc. I have been given tips how to fix it, but i use the veritas jig, the arkansas stones and smiths non petroleum honing compound. clean my stones with liquid lava after use and the arkansas in my opinion are the way to go.
but i am curious, manmade vs arkansas, what is the preference among those on this board and why?
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