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Old 05-09-2020, 01:42 AM
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As a complete novice I have brought a slow speed wet stone grinder with a high speed leather honing wheel. I have brought after speaking to a proffessional a bar of blue honing paste to go with the leather wheel.

With the grinding stone is it better to use a "Huntington style" dresser to clean up the stone or to use a stone dresser instead?

I am looking to sharpen carpentry tools and do not want to use waterstones
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Old 05-09-2020, 02:24 AM
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I hate people that grind a trough in grinding wheel. You need to learn to use the whole stone so that you don't need to dress it - grinding it away to make it flat again is a waste.

I have used the star wheel dressers but my favorite was a large black diamond on a rod handle.

No clue what your blue paste is, here green would be diamond stuff for sharpening carbide. I use a red/brown jeweler's rouge on leather for stropping my blades.
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I hate people that grind a trough in grinding wheel. You need to learn to use the whole stone so that you don't need to dress it - grinding it away to make it flat again is a waste.

I have used the star wheel dressers but my favorite was a large black diamond on a rod handle.

No clue what your blue paste is, here green would be diamond stuff for sharpening carbide. I use a red/brown jeweler's rouge on leather for stropping my blades.
The different color compounds are just the grit size I believe. I bought one of each with a leather honing block back when I was exploring different sharpening methods. I think I bought 4 colors. green, red, white and blue.
https://www.amazon.com/Viking-Edge-D...9012291&sr=8-9

https://www.amazon.com/Drixet-Buffin...012385&sr=8-13


I have a couple bench grinders, and a variable speed one. Came with a diamond dressing doo hickey, but I haven't needed to use it. Use the wheel evenly as was said already.
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Wore out a bunch of knives in the saddle shop over the years. A good whet stone a little oil and a cloth buffing with jewelers rouge is what we used. The buffing wheel will eventually shape the edge so keeping the same angle is important.
To explain wearing out knives, we would have to re-sharpen the knife about every 5 minutes when cutting 10-12 oz skirting leather. Needles to say we got pretty good at putting an edge on.

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...I am looking to sharpen carpentry tools and do not want to use waterstones
For tools with 'simple edges', ie: chisels / draw-shavers / axe-heads, etc, we just wet with a bit of diesel on a fine-stone, and it's all good, right quick..

..and yeah Red/Brown rouge on a leather strop to sharp-up a blade-edge.. Grinder is way-overkill, as others posted, for such werk..

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