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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:06 pm 
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I'm not looking to spend a bundle on stones and know that some are quite expensive. For starters, what kind of stones are used for general purpose gunsmithing, such as removing small amounts of metal, polishing etc.? What shape(s) and size(s)? What material - india, Arkansas, ceramic? Something else, perhaps?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:31 pm 
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I used Gesswein diemaker stones for lots of years. They worked very well for sears and triggers. They were an optional part of our gunsmithing kit at Colorado School of Trades.
That is what you need. Most stones are too big to useful for sharpening knives or chisels.
I have dealt with them in the past!
http://www.gessweincanada.com/product-p/405-2035m.htm?1=1&CartID=0
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Then follow up with one of their ceramic super stones.
[url]http://www.gessweincanada.com/product-p/351-0154m.htm?1=1&CartID=0[url]

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:17 am 
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Thanks, Rick. I was looking earlier at the Gesswein Canada site but didn't see that set. Those look very good.


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Thanks Rick. I'm ordering a set too.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:22 pm 
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Thanks for bringing these up, I just ordered a set from Amazon. Regards. Tom

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If you have a peice of marble or thick glass Busy Bee carries sand paper kits. Grit ranges from 320 to 12000. In both wet and dry. Excellent economical alternative to smithing stones. FYI

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:16 am 
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Whitewolf wrote:
If you have a peice of marble or thick glass Busy Bee carries sand paper kits. Grit ranges from 320 to 12000. In both wet and dry. Excellent economical alternative to smithing stones. FYI


Marble is great, especially when the granite is precision ground for inspection. I have two Lee Valley granite slabs, one for polishing(Great for big items you need to be absolutely flat), the other for measuring on.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:34 am 
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for sharpening some of my leather tools I have been looking for these flat (rectangular) stones and the following, closely related to this post topic:

-small round jewelers file
-small round stones
small triangular stones

any ideas?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:29 pm 
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I've used stones but they always wear way too fast, so now I use a Ruby Stone or Revlon Ceramic Stone Nail File. Usually from Amazon for ~$3? I've bought three over the past 5+years and only my first one is actually worn enough that it's no longer flat.
Then when I need different grits I simply wrap them with sandpaper.
Optionally I have a set of diamond stones for a knife sharpener, 120 to 800 grit, like these: http://tinyurl.com/gnbgysc


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