Hand Tools

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David Weaver
...it's nice to get a look under the scope from time to time to see what's actually occurring.

One of the first things I ever used a microscope for was to look at the edge made by two japanese natural stones I'd bought. One from a retailer and another from a guy who was in maine who said he had been working as a pro for the last decade and had taken a quarter of an inch of height off of the stone that he sold me.

What he sold was a hiderayama tomae (a relatively worthless stone, especially for tools). It didn't feel very sharp. The other green stone that I bought from a retailer seemed less sharp than my synthetic stones. The microscope ratted them out. They weren't that fine cutting.

The abraded oilstone pictures let me know that I should give the washita a shot with a little bit of scuffing and see what the edge looks like. The buffer will manage any shortcomings that it might have. It feels nice when it's been abraded.

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