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So, how many tries does it take . . .

mikie | May 12, 2011 11:47 AM

. . . to figure out how to sharpen a knife on water stone? I decided to get a stone just to try it out, it's a Norton 400 on one side 1000 on the other. I also decided I would learn on the paring knife, if I screw it up too badly, it's inexpensive enough to buy a new one. It just doesn't seem like it should be that difficult, I've watched a couple of vids online, I'm doing the slicing a layer off the stone thing, but it's not getting sharper. I've worked on it two seperate times now and although I can see the gray steel on the white stone ,1000 grit side, the knife doesn't seem any sharper, and it doesn't seem sharp. I spent a good half hour last night, with zero progress. One vidio showed the guy take about 5 strokes per side on two different grits of stone and then slice like he was cutting air. What's wrong?! Panic!!

All is not lost, I can sharpen a chisel on it just fine, but for some reason I'm not having any luck with a knife.

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