Sharpening methods for rod makers

#16
Thanks Tom and Tim, I'll see if I can improve my scraper iron results next time I'm stroking the stone. I can see many things that I'm doing wrong so this should be a vast improvement

Mike
 

bitterroot

Love vintage graphite!
#17
Hey Mike,
So far, so good with the Norton 1000/8000 waterstone. I'm very happy with the edge and it shaves my arm like butter, but, I have a question about flattening.
You say you use 250 grit sandpaper. Does it seem like the sandpaper loads up really quickly? I did a bit of flattening and I think I will be going through sandpaper like crazy at this rate. I was using 150 grit. Maybe I'll go down to 220 and see what happens.
 
#18
I place a sheet of wet or dry on a 12"X12" polished surface ganite tile. A few spritzes of water on the tile first will hold it well. Then I put a bit of water on the wet or dry and just swirl the stone in a figure eight type of motion. I turn over the stone and look at the surface, when I get contact over all of it I'm done with that side (it's easy to see the fresh surface). Turn it over and do the other side. Rinse off the wet or dry and place it flat with another tile on top and you are ready for the next time. This works fine for me but I am no authority on water stones.

Mike
 

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
#21
Going from 1000 directly to 8000 is quite a jump.

As a furniture maker in a former life I have spent many, many hours behind a set of sharpening stones. I can say without doubt that you will spend less time "rubbing the rocks" if you add an intermediate grit between the 1000/8000. Norton sells a 4000 grit for just that purpose. Unless you spend an inordinate amount of time with the 8000 removing the relatively deep scratches caused by the 1000, they will also be sharper.

Norton also sells a silicon carbide flattening stone to keep those soft water stones flat. It is quicker, easier and less mess than wet paper on a flat surface.

If you're going to invest in a set of stones you will ultimately save time, money and bother if you go the whole nine yards.

My 2c
TC
 

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#22
I don't do rods, but will work in wood; when I'm thinking of getting the bench chisels worked up, I use the waterstones Japan Woodworker in Berkeley (CA) sells. i figure you can't get much better than 15000 grit. 8K puts a pretty good edge on my skinning knife, too!
 

bitterroot

Love vintage graphite!
#23
Good info, Tim. I have considered the 4000 and will probably make that investment. I will also look into Norton's flattening stone.

Alex.....I LOVE Japan Woodworker! They've gotten a lot of my money over the years!!!
 
#24
Thanks Tim, I would like to add the 4000 and the Norton silicon carbide flattening stone also to my tool bench next time I have some bucks to burn on rod making tools. So many cool tools and things to want in this hobby.
 

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#25
Thanks Tim, I would like to add the 4000 and the Norton silicon carbide flattening stone also to my tool bench next time I have some bucks to burn on rod making tools. So many cool tools and things to want in this hobby.
Boy, isn't THAT a truth!!! I once thought collecting and shooting vintage scatterguns was expensive. The problem is, we can usually afford a couple hundred bucks for some tools or other stuff. I drew the line at $287K for the Tsar's Parker though!!