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I was born in the Appalachian mountains in a blizzard in the early '40's, or so my dad told me. I have always been an outdoors type of person, I rode with my dad in a kayak when I was 9, and have been canoeing and kayaking ever since. I have done little of monumental value but I have friends who have and I cherish their friendship now and for always. Some of them have inspired me to keep my love and deep respect for the outdoors alive and strong throughout my life. Now in my "golden years", I... Read More »
  • OldClockguy commented on XXLRay's instructable Sharpening Chisels Without Honing Guide3 years ago
    Sharpening Chisels Without Honing Guide

    Harbor Freight also has a 4 grit block held in a plastic block holder that retails for about $10.00 but you can usually buy them on one type of sale or another which HF very frequently has running. I have bought both the individual diamond plates and the 4 plate block w/ holder and the only benefit to the combo package that I can see is the plates are glued down to the square block which tends to keep them flatter somewhat than the individual plates. They are both mounted on plastic backing which does little to maintain flatness on the plates themselves but the cost is minimal for initial sharpening of edges that need some coarse treatment to remove nicks and rust. The block set comes in 200,300,400, and 600 grit, all of which are fine for initial grinding of really poor edges. I follow...

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    Harbor Freight also has a 4 grit block held in a plastic block holder that retails for about $10.00 but you can usually buy them on one type of sale or another which HF very frequently has running. I have bought both the individual diamond plates and the 4 plate block w/ holder and the only benefit to the combo package that I can see is the plates are glued down to the square block which tends to keep them flatter somewhat than the individual plates. They are both mounted on plastic backing which does little to maintain flatness on the plates themselves but the cost is minimal for initial sharpening of edges that need some coarse treatment to remove nicks and rust. The block set comes in 200,300,400, and 600 grit, all of which are fine for initial grinding of really poor edges. I follow up with a well worn DMT 200 grit diamond plate to ensure a perfect flattening of the back and initial setting of the bevel flatness and angle. Finishing from that point is done on Japanese water stones.

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