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Japanese Waterstones: Carving Tool Sharpening Stones

Japanese Waterstones: Carving Tool Sharpening Stones

To sharpen woodcarving tools we offer several sharpening stones that are specially shaped for working on gouges and other curved blades. We understand why many woodcarvers and sculptors dislike or hesitate to sharpen their own tools. It is much harder to sharpen such tools, as compared to sharpening straight blades. With these specially-shaped stones, we would like to help people get over this reluctance. If you are a professional sculptor or a hobby woodcarver, and do not sharpen your own tools, there are only two options open to you: take your tools to a professional shop for sharpening, or to work with dull tools. If one chooses the latter, one quickly loses the pleasure of working with these fine tools. The first choice has its own problems. It is very difficult to find a tool sharpener that is competent to properly work on these kinds of tools, without damaging the blades' hardness and temper or grinding out the shape of the tool by using a machine too big for the job. Even when one can find a good sharpening shop, one must pay them, wait until they have finished sharpening the tools, and during that time no work can be done. In almost every case, sharpening one's own tools is more than worth the practice it takes to learn how to do it. Integrating a sharpening regime into one's work habits can save money, time, and gives one a better feel for the tool in use.

KING Sculpture's Whet Stone Set
Grain size 1000
for sharpening carving tools
This set consists of 2 stones: one concave, one convexe.
Click here to see how to use them
Size concave stone: 105 mm x 65 mm x 15 mm
Size convexe stone: 65 mm x 40 mm x 6 mm
Code 309360CartPrice € 17.90
KING Sculpture's Honing Stone Set
Grain size 4000
for honing carving tools
This set consists of 2 stones: one concave, one convexe.
Click here to see how to use them
Size concave stone: 105 mm x 65 mm x 15 mm
Size convexe stone: 65 mm x 40 mm x 6 mm
Code 309361CartPrice € 18.90
SUN TIGER Conical Gouge Slip Stone
Grain size 180
This stone is designed for rough work: to grind out chips in a blade, for instance, or for a first pass on unusually dull blades.
The shape of these conical stones makes them unusually versatile and they can be used on all rounded carving tools, no matter how the blade is curved. They can be used to sharpen both the outer and inner sides of gouges and other similarly-shaped tools.
Total length: 150 mm
Width at base of cone: 55 mm
Width at tip of cone: 13 mm
Outer radius at cone's point: 7 mm
Outer radius at cone's base: 23 mm
The radius of the inner groove is somewhat less curved, about 45 mm. Edges with a smaller radius can be sharpened by moving the blade back and forth while pulling it length wise along the stone. For this, the stone should be clamped in place.
Code 313600CartPrice € 33.00
SUN TIGER Conical Gouge Slip Stone
Grain size 1000
For everyday sharpening
Same as above in terms of size and directions for sharpening
Code 313601CartPrice € 36.00
SUN TIGER Conical Gouge Slip Stone
Grain size 4000
For fine honing
Same as above in terms of size and directions for sharpening
Code 313602CartPrice € 36.00
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