Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Lake Gaston, NC
A lot of people use King stones. A lot of people sell them to move on to something better. Anywhere from those, to Nortons, to Sigmas, to Chosera or Naniwa Snow White. There are many ways to sharpen. It's certainly not a bad start, to start with the Kings.
It seems like most beginners will put two hundred dollars in a set of chisels, and fifty bucks in some sharpening stones. I always suggest to put fifty bucks in some chisels, and two hundred in sharpening stuff. The sharpness is what allows you to do fine work, not the fanciness of the chisel.
Oilstones, waterstones, diamond, film, or ceramic-they can all produce a plenty sharp enough edge for you.
I like to go the 8,000 or 10,000 on a water stone. 6k or even 3k is workable for different workers.
I flatten my waterstones on a granite surface plate with sandpaper. A lot of people buy a diamond stone to flatten theirs on. Whatever waterstones you get, you will need some method to flatten them. They all wear fairly quickly, relative to oilstones, or ceramic.
I started with Arkansas stones. They work just fine, only slower than waterstones. I still use them in a cold work space.
Last edited by Tom King; 12-18-2014 at 10:53 PM.