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Sharpening stones. Shapton Pro?

Joe in a Cleveland suburb
I hesitate to ask, but I'm thinking about upgrading my current sharpening stones to something better.

Currently I have two combo stones that I bought years ago. They are both King (I think). One is a 1000/6000 - the 1000 side is cracked/broken. The other is 1200/8000. I think it's 8000. The grit size marking washed off long ago.

I don't like spending a lot of time sharpening. I also don't like having to store these things in water. I don't like making a mess either.

I sharpen my old Marples chisels, various old Stanleys, some have Hock A2 irons, Lee Valley and LV planes I think are all A2. No fancy metals to sharpen.

So, I've been thinking about the Shapton Pro stones. Maybe 1000, 2000, 5000, and 8000 grits.

What does anybody think about this. They seem to be popular. Doesn't mean they are the best though I know. Chris Schwarz likes them FWIW.


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