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Getting The Most Out Of Hardware Stone Aluminium Oxide Stones

Posted by jasonstone20 
Getting The Most Out Of Hardware Stone Aluminium Oxide Stones
April 13, 2018 09:43AM
The first full sized bench sized stones I bought (I only had pocket sized stones before that) were cheap 6" Al2O3 hardware store stones, then an 8" Al2O3 Oregon Stone Combination. I couldn't get a shaving sharp edge off either stone, just scrape shaving, moslty skin. This is when I first started really trying to get knives sharp, after reading Wayne Goddards article on knife sharpening in the early 2000's, I think in Blade Magazine. I still can't get a shaving sharp edge off of these stones unless I use edge trailing passes to finish. I did at the time have a Gatco Soft Arkansas Pocket Stone and a DMT 1200 EF credit card sharpener, but it didn't occur to me to combine these with the cheap hardware stone.

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