Norton Waterstone, 220 grit, 1″ x 3″ x 8″ in Blue Plastic Hinged Box

Norton Waterstone, 220 grit, 1

FEATURED Norton Waterstone, 220 grit, 1″ x 3″ x 8″ in Blue Plastic Hinged Box

  • Waterstone to create abrasive slurry for effective sharpening with less pressure than an oilstone requires
  • 220 grit for repairing steel cutting edges
  • 1 x 8 x 3 inch (H x W x D) size is suitable for use as a bench stone for knives and tools
  • Cleans up easily with water as lubricant instead of oil
  • Blue plastic hinged box with no-slip rubber feet can be used as holder for the stone during sharpening

The Norton 220-grit waterstone creates an abrasive slurry for effective sharpening, with 220 grit for repairing steel cutting edges; this 1 x 8 x 3 inch (H x W x D) stone, suitable for bench use, cleans up easily with water, and comes encased in a blue plastic hinged box. (H is height, the vertical distance from lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.) The box protects the waterstone and provides a reservoir to keep it moist. The removable box lid, with no-slip rubber feet, acts as a sharpening station to hold the waterstone in place during bench use.

This synthetic waterstone is created by grading abrasive material to a consistent particle size and blending it with bonding agents. It is then molded and surface-finished. Waterstones have a finer grit and softer bond than oilstones, and use water as the lubricant to develop a slurry, a thin paste of abrasive grains and water that removes metal with less pressure than an oilstone requires. Cleanup is easier than with oil as lubricant. This stone conforms to the Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) for waterstones.

Sharpening stones, or whetstones, are abrasive surfaces used to sharpen and hone the edges of steel cutting implements such as chisels, knives, scissors, hand scrapers, and plane blades. Sharpening is the process of creating or re-establishing a cutting edge by grinding away portions of the metal to adjust the angle of the edge and reform the shape. Honing removes small imperfections. Stones can be flat, for working flat edges, or shaped, for edges that are more complex. Sharpening stones are made of natural or synthetic materials that range from softer to harder, and are categorized by the size of their abrasive particles, known as grit. A stone with a coarser grit is used when more metal needs to be removed (e.g., when sharpening a nicked or very dull blade); the stone with the finest grit produces the sharpest edge. Where numbers are assigned to specify grit, they range from coarser grit (low) to finer grit (high). Some sharpening stones are designed for use with a lubricating liquid, some can be used dry, and others can be used either wet or dry. When used with lubricating liquid, a sharpening stone can be called a waterstone or an oilstone, based on the lubricant required.

Norton Abrasives manufactures sanding, grinding, and polishing abrasives, and has been located in the United States since 1885. Norton, now a brand of Saint-Gobain, meets ISO 9000 and 14001 certification for quality and environmental management standards.

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Last 3 reviews on Norton Waterstone, 220 grit, 1″ x 3″ x 8″ in Blue Plastic Hinged Box

  1. 5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Cuts — and wears — fast, February 26, 2010
    By 
    Louis Woodhams
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    Got this to flatten chisel faces and shape chisel and plane bevels. Well, I just flattened 9 chisels in record time. My coarse diamond stone will now be used mostly for flattening my water stones. This stone cuts very fast and very well, but goodness does it wear quickly. It makes a huge messy slurry in no time, and if you flush that it cuts very fast. The only thing is that it seems to need flattening every couple of minutes of use. Make sure you have some way to flatten it or you’ll be putting curves in everything you try to shape. It’s worth it for the time it saves though.

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  2. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent product!!!, February 17, 2012
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    Tim C (Indiana) –

    This review is from: Norton Waterstone, 220 grit, 1″ x 3″ x 8″ in Blue Plastic Hinged Box (Misc.)

    First of all for those of you that are not familiar with water stones. They do cut very fast and work very, very well. But, the stones do wear down fast!! That is why they cut so well. Because they develop a slurry on the stone that helps cut faster. I had to learn how to maximize the usefull life of the stone. First thing I figured out is when sharpening. Be careful to not dig in the stone with the edges or point of what you are sharpening or you will gouge the stone. It does not. I repeat does not take a lot of pressure. Take your time. The biggest thing I learned is if you have to take off a lot of metal. Like when you are changing angles on a knife or whatever you will eat up your 220 grit stone almost in one sitting.

    To prevent that use the flattening stone to take off and rough in the item you are sharpening first. That flattening stone is very, very rugged. It may not be meant for that. But, think about it. It is a stone and it has to be hard and aggressive enough to flatten other stones. The back of it is flat and will remove material quickly. When you have gotten the item sharpened down to the angle or edge you want then move to the other stones. Trust me it will save a lot of time, money and stones!!! I LOVE water stones and will never switch back. They are cleaner than stones that use oil also and water is free!!

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  3. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Performs as advertised, July 26, 2013
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    JJM “JJM” (East Coast) –

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    This review is from: Norton Waterstone, 220 grit, 1″ x 3″ x 8″ in Blue Plastic Hinged Box (Misc.)

    Stone’s 220 grit wears fairly quickly. I had a number of plane blades that needed serious remediation, so i needed to re-flaten stone several times which was easily accomplished with a flat piece of honed granite, a reference square and some 220 sandpaper. I think the beauty of the waterstone sharpening really appears in the higher grit stones i.e. 1000 and 4000. After the 4000 (where i initially stopped) under a magnifying glass you really can see how the scratches disappear and a true polished edge appears. Lee valley tool has a great reference article on the wear patterns and efficacy of different waterstone types, read it before you buy.

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