Stone Width

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by R.B.K., Oct 13, 2020.

  1. R.B.K.

    R.B.K.

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    Oct 8, 2020
    I’ve settled on an 8” long stone. It will be used on blades between ~2-7” long. Should I go with a 2” or 3” stone width?
     
  2. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    For me, I’d choose the wider stone. Less variable when sharpening since you’re working more edge per pass.
     
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  3. R.B.K.

    R.B.K.

    15
    Oct 8, 2020
    Thank you
     
  4. Agent Orange Peel

    Agent Orange Peel Basic Member Basic Member

    65
    Oct 27, 2018
    I prefer my 3 inch wide stone over my 2 inch. The 2 inch stone definitely gets the job done but 3 inch is better when it comes to 5+ inch blades. Plus if you have 3 inch blades wharncliffes or straight razors, you can just go straight down the stone.
     
  5. David Martin

    David Martin Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    I have sharpened 7" knives on a 2x8" stone. I didn't think I needed more stone. However, I do enjoy working 8- 10" knives on my Norton Tri-hone. Which has 2.5 x 11.5" stones. But how often does one sharper that size blade? Plus, these stones are pricey. DM
     
  6. Ourorboros

    Ourorboros

    560
    Jan 23, 2017
    A 2" stone get's the job done.
    A 3" stone get's it done more comfortably.
     
  7. HeavyHanded

    HeavyHanded

    Jun 4, 2010
    3" stone rocks less, but 2 or 2.5 is plenty. I only truly appreciate the 3" stone on hatchet, axes and woodworking tools.
     
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  8. R.B.K.

    R.B.K.

    15
    Oct 8, 2020
    I appreciate the input. The 3” is about $13 so I’ll prob go that route. The
     
  9. David Martin

    David Martin Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Heavy-handed, yes a full size bucking or splitting axe is a different matter. Because I also enjoy working those on a wider stone. DM
     
  10. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    I personally prefer 2" as it gives you more control over your pressure when working straight edges. On curved edges it matters very little because you have only a very small contact area at any given time.
     
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  11. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    I prefer wider tones. Several of my Edge-Pro stones are 2 inch.
     
  12. DeadboxHero

    DeadboxHero Triple B Handmade, Custom Knives Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 22, 2014
    3" for me, More stone surface speeds up the process on kitchen knives for me. More stone mo' betta.
     
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  13. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    Sharpening technic or style will have a big influence on what you prefer. The old oil stone guys that take full length edge leading passes from heel to tip on larger knifes will appreciate them wider and longer stones.
     
  14. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    If I ever decide to try freehand again, I will get a DMT 10X4 inch bench stone.:thumbsup:
     
  15. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Seriously, if you're dealing with anything other than a dead straight edge, try watching how the streaks develop on your stones. You'll find that they're typically only about 1-2mm wide because that's how little of the edge is contacting the stone at any given time. Wider ≠ faster, and on straight edges that are longer than the stone width will generally actually be slower or only equal in speed to a narrower stone. By all means do things how you feel most comfortable, but this is something to be aware of.
     
  16. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    A two inch stone is less than ideal for larger knifes. Just another half inch feels so much better and three inches is better still.
    Two inch vs two and a half...
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    It's just common sense. The two inch stone was a standard width for bench stones, plane irons and chisels. There was a reason for that width at the time.
     
  17. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    With narrow stones you are more likely to tilt the blade on the edges of the stone and mesh up the angle. I'd absolutely pick 3" over 2".
     
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  18. E.D.C.

    E.D.C. Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 7, 2016

    Agreed. The wider the better if you ask me.
     
  19. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    What kind of bench stones did you have at your exhibit in Las Cruces ? Those were really nice
     
  20. David Martin

    David Martin Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Sky, thanks. That was a Norton Tri- hone set. 2.5"×11.5"L. Yes, a nice set to work on. DM
     
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