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Norton Waterstone Starter Kit: 220/1000 grit stone, 4000/8000 grit stone, SiC flattening stone

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Brand Name Norton Abrasives - St. Gobain
Part Number 07660787943
Color Grey
UPC 076607879431
EAN 0076607879431
Number of Items 1
UNSPSC Code 27111908

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Product Features

  • 220/1000-grit combination waterstone for repairing, then establishing, steel cutting edges
  • 4000/8000-grit combination waterstone for maintaining, refining, and polishing steel cutting edges
  • 1/2 x 8 x 3 inch (H x W x D) size makes each waterstone suitable for use as a bench stone for knives and tools
  • Blue plastic hinged boxes with no-slip rubber feet can be used as holders for the waterstones during sharpening
  • 3/4 x 9 x 3 inch coarse-grit silicon carbide flattening stone for maintenance of waterstones, and an instructional DVD to demonstrate basic waterstone sharpening

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  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000XK0FMU
  • Item model number: 07660787943
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,411 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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Norton Waterstone Starter Kit: 220/1000 grit stone, 4000/8000 grit stone, SiC flattening stone + Robert Larson 800-1800 Honing Guide
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Product Description

Product Description

The Norton waterstone starter kit includes the basic elements needed for sharpening tools and knives using waterstones: a 220/1000-grit and a 4000/8000-grit combination waterstone, each measuring 1/2 x 8 x 3 inches (H x W x D); a 3/4 x 9 x 3 inch coarse-grit silicon carbide flattening stone; and an instructional DVD. (H is height, the vertical distance from lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.) Each waterstone comes in a hinged plastic box, with no-slip rubber feet, that protects it and provides a reservoir to keep it moist. The removable box lid acts as a sharpening station to hold the stone in place during bench sharpening. The silicon carbide flattening stone is used to maintain smooth sharpening surfaces on the waterstones. The instructional DVD demonstrates a freehand waterstone sharpening method.

The sharpening stones are used in sequence to restore the cutting edge on straight-edged tools, such as chisels, plane blades, and precision instruments. The 220/1000-grit combination waterstone is suitable for repairing and then establishing the cutting edge. The 4000/8000-grit combination waterstone is suitable for maintaining or refining, and then polishing the cutting edge. The silicon carbide flattening stone is used to smooth the sharpening surfaces and flatten the depressions that repeated use wears in a waterstone, to prepare it for effective sharpening of knives and tools.

These synthetic waterstones are created by grading abrasive material to a consistent particle size and blending it with bonding agents. Next, they are molded and surface-finished. Waterstones have a finer grit and softer bond than oilstones, and use water as the lubricant to develop a slurry, a thin paste of abrasive grains and water that removes metal with less pressure than an oilstone requires. Cleanup is easier than with oil as lubricant. These stones conform to the Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) for waterstones.

Sharpening stones, or whetstones, are abrasive surfaces used to sharpen and hone the edges of steel cutting implements such as chisels, knives, scissors, hand scrapers, and plane blades. Sharpening is the process of creating or re-establishing a cutting edge by grinding away portions of the metal to adjust the angle of the edge and reform the shape. Honing removes small imperfections. Stones can be flat, for working flat edges, or shaped, for edges that are more complex. Sharpening stones are made of natural or synthetic materials that range from softer to harder, and are categorized by the size of their abrasive particles, known as grit. A stone with a coarser grit is used when more metal needs to be removed (e.g., when sharpening a nicked or very dull blade); the stone with the finest grit produces the sharpest edge. Where numbers are assigned to specify grit, they range from coarser grit (low) to finer grit (high). Some sharpening stones are designed for use with a lubricating liquid, some can be used dry, and others can be used either wet or dry. When used with lubricating liquid, a sharpening stone can be called a waterstone or an oilstone, based on the lubricant required.

Norton Abrasives manufactures sanding, grinding, and polishing abrasives, and has been located in the United States since 1885. Norton, now a brand of Saint-Gobain, meets ISO 9000 and 14001 certification for quality and environmental management standards.

What’s in the Box?

  • 220/1000-grit combination waterstone in blue plastic hinged box with no-slip rubber feet
  • 4000/8000-grit combination waterstone in blue plastic hinged box with no-slip rubber feet
  • Coarse-grit silicon carbide flattening stone
  • Instructional DVD
  • Printed instructions

From the Manufacturer

The Norton Waterstone Sharpening Starter Kit is a complete kit for a faster, easier way to sharpen tools. The two 8 by 3 by 1-inch combination grit waterstones offer a complete grit range from 220 for major edge repair to 8000 for producing a mirror finish. The inclusion of a coarse grit, silicon carbide flattening stone allows the user the ability to quickly and easily maintain the flatness of the waterstones. An instructional DVD, hosted by tool expert Joel Moskowitz, offers step by step, free hand method for sharpening many woodworking tools. Includes a 220/1000 grit stone, a 4000/8000 grit stone, and a SiC flattening stone.


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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By EricD on March 13, 2012
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This was my first entry into sharpening with water stones, and I decided to get this set after trying to piece together a similar set with individual stones. Not sure why, but the name "Starter Kit" had me concerned because it implied that it was going to be somehow smaller or less capable. Rest assured, the kit is simply their standard stones packaged in a single rather utilitarian box. Each stone is of high quality, and purchasing together this way provided significant savings over buying each piece individually.

Before I talk about the stones themselves, I should add to my comments that, like others, my kit first arrived with two 220/1000 stones and no 4000/8000. This definitely seems to be a genuine quality control issue. However, in typical Amazon fashion I completed a return authorization online and had a new set in two days, and the inconvenience was minimal, but not non-existent.

I was surprised how short the learning curve was with this. I started with a very inexpensive and dull stainless steel Chinese cleaver that I purchased years ago in New York's Chinatown. This thing was really little more than a novelty piece, as I'd never been able to get it more than moderately sharp using our Chef's Choice sharpener. In one attempt the stones had the knife extremely sharp, and in fact I now reach for it for a huge number of chopping tasks that I'd usually tackle with my Henckels chef's knife. Feeling confident, I worked my way through the Henckels set, and each is now shaving sharp as well. From there I proceeded to sharpen a 20-year old, original Japanese-made Kershaw Black Horse folding knife. This was a little more challenging, but after getting better at finding and holding a proper angle the blade was reprofiled and again absolutely razor sharp.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By christopher c caudill on October 23, 2008
I finally spent the money on some quality stones after years of sandpaper sharpening. I'm glad I did. The DVD is very helpful, especially if you don't have a mentor to show you the ropes and is a good value because it teaches how to sharpen without a honing guide. The flattening stone works well and is necessary. If you're on a budget, I'd recommend a 1000/8000 stone,the DVD, and sandpaper for flattening, but if you can spring for it, the kit is a good value and I expect mine will last decades.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon on February 3, 2010
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Anyone who is into sharpening by hand, especially straight razors, will appreciate this set of stones. The set comes highly recommeneded by every forum on straight razor shaving, and should also put a razor edge on any knives and tools you have lying around the house. It even comes with a decent DVD on sharpening. If you are only going to sharpen knives you can easily get by with the 1000/4000 stone and save a few bucks. And, if your graduating from oilstones this set is a real treat.

Freehand sharpening is not easy, but with a little education and some tips from YouTube you can do a great job.
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59 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hawkins on August 24, 2011
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I'd used my son's Norton flattening stone in conjunction with the 220/1000 and 4000/8000 combination stone and had good luck with it. I ordered the same system as I was using "Norton Waterstone Starter Kit: 220/1000 grit stone, 4000/8000 grit stone, SiC flattening stone" from Amazon. I did a quick flattening of all the stones and went to work.

Norton's tub shaped flattening stone wasn't flat so I spent 2 hours turning my beautifully cambered convex A2 steel 1/8" thick smoothing plane iron into a useless concave smoothing iron which is 0.004" concave over 2 1/8". The flattening stone was concave shaped on the 3" side. It will take me several hours to fix the plane iron. The flattening stone was bowed up 0.010 inches in the center of the long side. I called Norton customer service and they said we don't handle customer complaints. Just send it back to Amazon for a replacement. This really stinks. I'm going to keep sending the replacements back to Amazon until I get an acceptable quality sharpening system.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tim C on February 17, 2012
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First of all for those of you that are not familiar with water stones. They do cut very fast and work very, very well. But, the stones do wear down fast!! That is why they cut so well. Because they develop a slurry on the stone that helps cut faster. I had to learn how to maximize the usefull life of the stone. First thing I figured out is when sharpening. Be careful to not dig in the stone with the edges or point of what you are sharpening or you will gouge the stone. It does not. I repeat does not take a lot of pressure. Take your time. The biggest thing I learned is if you have to take off a lot of metal. Like when you are changing angles on a knife or whatever you will eat up your 220 grit stone almost in one sitting.

To prevent that use the flattening stone to take off and rough in the item you are sharpening first. That flattening stone is very, very rugged. It may not be meant for that. But, think about it. It is a stone and it has to be hard and aggressive enough to flatten other stones. The back of it is flat and will remove material quickly. When you have gotten the item sharpened down to the angle or edge you want then move to the other stones. Trust me it will save a lot of time, money and stones!!! I LOVE water stones and will never switch back. They are cleaner than stones that use oil also and water is free!!
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