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Old 09-06-2011, 11:37 AM
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The postie showed up today with a package from Stu.
I ordered the Sigma sharpening set I needed some new stones and thought this was a good opportunity


Here's what I got..
#1000, 6000, 13000 stones
Atoma #400 diamond plate
The sharpening tray and a small water bottle
And of course...an invoice for 21000 yen


The stones


The #400 diamond plate


6 nice, soft rubber pads for grip on the bottom of the sharpening tray

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Old 09-06-2011, 12:13 PM
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I'm thinking I better go visit my babies again soon on another road trip...




MACHINES!!!

Says I with a piddling 10", half ton jointer...

Good to see they arrived safe and sound. Only sent them yesterday!

Anyone who's ordered a set, they'll be leaving tomorrow. Paperwork and processing is the hold up. Okami's set could be slapped into any old box and zipped off. International stuff needs to be split up into 3 boxes and paperwork to match.

I'm not looking forward to it, but I am looking forward to making a bunch of folks very, very happy.

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Old 09-06-2011, 01:27 PM
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Ah, they are sitting on my 16" Felder Jointer...a lovely machine...

Had a little play this afternoon before finishing up for the day..
Thought I'd sharpen an A2 blade from my Veritas BU plane


I'm using a guide for this, as the blade needs a bit of work
The #1000 cuts the A2 swiftly, and with now troubles


Marking the stone with a pencil before flattening


The Atoma diamond plate works very nicely over the stone, a few strokes sees it flat. The sharpening tray works a treat too it doesn't look much, but keeps the stone in place and keeps the bench clean, which is all I want from it


The Atoma works the stone dead flat...I'm facing the light from outside, and there nothing coming through
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:39 PM
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The #6000 stone.
Stu, You're right, this is a bloody hard stone!


I'm liking this stone already!
From the dull look left from the #1000, straight to this from the #6000
It works fast and very well. It seems like the gem of the set to me




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Old 09-06-2011, 01:48 PM
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I think this is a very good, complete set at a good price
I don't want to go through 5-6 stones to get a sharp blade, I want to get the job done fast but done well, and get back to work. I think this set is about right for my way of working
Cheers Stu!

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Old 09-07-2011, 02:31 AM
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Okami,

Thanks for the review, very nicely done.

And you didn't even give the #13000 a chance! For what it's worth, I think the #6000 is likely enough for most work. When I first got mine (one of the first production batch), I kinda wondered whether it was a 'step' or a 'finish' stone, and it turns out it does both well. And the stupid thing is that as hard as it is and as nice an edge it creates, it still does it quickly and effectively.

And the #13000 is maximum overkill. Roll out any superlative comparison you can dream up, and it's still not enough. I really don't think I need to use it for many blades, but the edge it gives means I almost always use it, because I have the stone and because I can have that edge.

The #13000 disgustingly nice to use as well. Only way to improve it would be to get a natural stone, and I haven't got deep enough pockets or deep enough knowledge to go there. Yet...

Back to work. Got orders to shuffle out the door today. Lots of them...

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Old 09-16-2011, 12:33 PM
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Hey Stu!
Loving the stones, especially the #6000
Quick question: Can I keep these stones sitting in water, or is it better to keep them out?
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:26 PM
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I keep the #6000/#13000 out of water, because it just seems odd to leave finer stones in water, but the #1000 stays in the water permanently.

You can leave them all in water if you want to though. They just don't care. Not delicate little flowers at all.

And yeah, the #6000 is something else, innit? I really don't know what the heck they did with it, or how they did it but it just works.

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Old 09-17-2011, 05:46 AM
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Cool, cheers Stu!
Thought so, but just wanted to be sure
yep, that 6000 is pretty special! I have no idea how they got it cutting and polishing the way it does!
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:26 AM
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Hey Stu, how's tricks mate?

This stone and diamond plate has been excellent so far I'm very pleased with it!
I'm wanting to add to the set now, what I want is a stone that will put a new bevel on my A2 blades real fast. Is there anything that can slip in under the #1000 stone, without leaving too rough a surface?
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