NineInchNails wrote:I think I can do a much better job and much faster if I can find a wider file or tool to use.
I like the idea you guys mentioned about using a sheet of glass with diamond paper or sand paper glued to it, but ... something is telling me that this method 'might' be slower in comparison to raking a wide tool over the top.
My local Harbor Freight store has these Combination Sharpening Stones for $2.99 each. They are 6-7/8" x 2" x 1" : http://www.harborfreight.com/combinatio ... -7345.html
I'm thinking that these stones 'might' wear in certain area and cause problems with getting as even of a surface as I'd like. I don't know though.
I'd like to find a real wide file, but I don't see any on http://www.harborfreight.com
Just thinking out loud I suppose.
Thats the one im talking of ..good find
Hi Again its really a question of hardness of the material your working with or trying to remove material from
..a big thick flat sheet of glass with diamond paper on( if available) will eat it and will stay flat ..just glue it with a light contact glue
you can buy diamond files i have several of them they are so handy if your working with a material that your unsure of ,,i know that these files are gunna do the damage ,part from maybe the shell of a Nasa space ship.
Diamond being the hardest material in the world the stainless has no option but to be abraised .
Im unsure of what hardness of those stones are ,its pretty bloody hard but it works as i tried it on my sankey top ..like any cutting keep it lubed a bit of water and soapy water or some light oil so not to clog the stone ..
The stone will be fine just take long even strokes making sure your using all the stones surface and the stone will stay flat..
over here we call those indian stones ..my father would kick my ass if he saw me sharpening wood chisels in one spot on them ..so do a roundy roundy action .
Here is a hardness scale http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohs_scale ... _hardnessa ...diamond of course will be at the top @ 10 ,carbides should be down the list a bit ,carborundum however you say it is basically sand ..im pickin that stone is close to this there cut out of a rock of its materials .
The average human fingernail has a hardness of 2.5 and a copper penny has a hardness of 3.5. A stainless steel blade is about 6.5 and a section of average window glass is approximately 5.5.
Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_M ... z1EMDXC7Vp
Seen some very cool old ones on the farms ive lived on big ol wheels of them with a water tray under to keep lubed .all the hand pieces(for dear i say it sheep shearing) and all the farm knifes all sharpened on them ..hope this helps someone