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Re: BOOK_ARTS-L Digest - Proper care and feeding of Japanese waterstone?



Turning the stone 180 degrees at regular intervals during the sharpening process helps
to keep it from dishing, which makes flattening easier.  The stone will also wear in a
more regular fashion, so that it doesn't become much thinner at one end than at the
other.

The grit IS very abrasive, and during the preliminary process (flattening the blade
back) you can easily lose skin.  It's also very easy to accidentally cut yourself
while sharpening, if you are a little clumsy.  (Keep bandades handy!)  The blade needs
only a touch to split a fingertip like a ripe cherry.

Carol
Eugene, OR
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Robin Thurlow wrote:

>   Try to work on the surface evenly so that one side doesn't wear down
> faster than another.. it makes it more time-consuming to flatten in the future.
> The stone should be flattened, according to the above method, before every session
> in which it's used.   Also remember that the grit of the stone is very abrasive to
> human skin, even though it may not feel very abrasive.  If you rub part of your
> hand against it repeatedly while working, you'll eventually bleed everywhere!
> (this is not bad for the stone but it's not very pleasant in general)

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