BUFFING WHEELSolve those sharpening woes!! We don't have a lot of spare time and when we do, we like to save it for carving. This means we look for ways to cut down sharpening time. Although we want to spend less time sharpening, it doesn't mean that we will settle for a less than sharp blade. We use this buffing wheel to return a razor sharp edge to all of our tools. Why use this particular buffing wheel? Leather, felt, rubber and paper have a tendency to "round" or create an artifical bevel on the blade because they don't give when the blade is pressed against them. So extreme caution has to be taken when using them. This wheel is made of several layers of STIFF canvas cloth. The cloth will give just enought to cover all of the surface area. There are several layers to dispate the heat. This wheel is easy to use and doesn't require a delicate touch. You can push as hard or as lightly as you choose. Just charge the wheel up with some of our green strop compound (Fine grit al oxide in a wax base) and don't use too much. Burs on the back side of a gouge are removed by holding the gouge upright and just pushing it against the edge of the wheel a couple or three times. Be aware that, as with any device that turns, there is danger. Be sure to lock the wheel tightly on your grinder and hold the tool you are buffing tightly with both hands with your elbows locked into your sides. Don't turn the tool's edge into the wheel but just press the bevel only against the wheel. We use a grinder that turns toward us. We have found that with this direction it is easier to buff knives and with the wheel turning away from us it is easier to buff gouges. Either way is fine as long as you observe the necessary safety percautions. Our grinder turns at 3450 rpm. Remember: heat is your enemy when sharpening not speed! The wheel comes in an 8" or 6" size with a 1/2" arbor hole. Choose the size that fits your area. Either size works just as well. The factory charges us the same for a 6" or 8".
|6" Buffing Wheel||SH001||$10.00 ea|
|8" Buffing Wheel||SH002||$10.00 ea|
We use this green compound to put a razor edge on all of our tools. Just charge up the buffing wheel and buff. Don't use a lot but a little more is sometimes required when removing the wire edge after you have just put a new edge on a blade. The green compound is best for keeping an edge on a blade while the coarser compounds (black, grey, brown, red, etc) are generally used when making knives. We are using the green in picture above.
|1 lb. Bar Buffing Compound||SH012||$4.00 ea|
BASIC SHARPENING STROP
Our basic strop will satisfy most of your stropping needs. It is about 12" x 1 1/2" and has the fuzzy side of the leather turned up for best results. Use the al oxide listed below for the strop abrasive. Comes in 1 sided or 2 sided. Comes with stropping instructions.
|1 Sided Strop||SH003||$4.00 ea|
|2 Sided Strop||SH016||$5.00 ea|
ECONOMY SHARPENING STROPS
Want a good strop and save money? These strops are made from the same material as our more expensive strops. The only difference is that the leather is pieced together instead of one piece. Works the same but you save money. Buy a bunch for classes or for your club. Looks different works great!
|1 Sided Economy Strop||SH019||$2.50 ea|
|2 Sided Economy Strop||SH020||$3.50 ea|
AL OXIDE STROP ABRASIVE1000 grit al oxide for obtaining a razor edge. Just dust a little on the strop. Don't use a whole bunch. Comes with stropping instructions. See picture of container in the basic strop picture. Not much to see but does a lot.
|1 oz Container of Al Oxide||SH004||$1.00 ea|
RAZORSHARP STROPThis is the ultimate in strops! Our best strop has 3 sides of leather with the 4th side being a nylon webbing. Each side has a v-shaped channel in it for stropping small v-tools and veiners. Strop comes with instructions and black, white and green compounds. Use ALL four sides for the really tough jobs. Rub the black compound on the 1st side, the white compound on the 2nd side, the 3rd side is plain for cleaning the blade and getting it ready the final honing. Put the green compound on the 4th side. Usually you would only use the 4th side for stropping but you can almost start from scratch by using all 4 sides. V-tool problems? No problem with this strop by using the v-channels in the strop. You will be amazed. Overall length of the strop is about 12". Comes with instructions and compound.
|Razor Sharp Strop - 4 sided||SH011||$25.95 ea|
ULTIMATE SHARPENING STROPThis all-in-one strop should satisfy all of your sharpening needs. This heavy-duty strop is 11" long and 2 1/4" wide. One side is for knives, chisels and gouges. The other side has a place for 3 different size gouges. You can strop the inside and outside of the gouges. It also has 3 channels for v-tools and small veiners, plus 3 leather "ridges" for the inside of v-tools. We recommend Yellow Stone strop abrasive (on this page).
|Ultimate Strop||SH022||$26.95 ea|
DIAMOND HONING STONESSharpen like natural stones but without the need for oil or water. A wire edge is obtained by "filing" the blade with the diamond hone. It is easy to use and long lasting. File in either direction for best results. Made of industrial polycrystalilne diamond particles bonded to a flat metal backing. These unbreakalbe stones will sharpen any tool you have and can be used to shape natural stones such as ruby.
|Fine Grit||SH009||$5.00 ea|
|Super Fine Grit||SH008||$5.00 ea|
|Medium Grit (our choice)||SH010||$7.95 ea|
HONING OILUse on any stone. 3.5 oz
|3.5 oz Honing Oil||WA028||$2.50 ea|
ARKANSAS OIL STONE
Comes in plastic case. 3" x 1 1/4".
|Arkansas Oil Stone||SH021||$3.95 ea|
POWER STROPPolish your knives and other carving tools quickly using this power strop. Attaches to your electric hand drill. Includes mandrel and jewelers rouge. Choose from 3 kits: Deluxe Kit includes a 3 /14" diameter x 3/4" leather wheel and another wheel especially designed to sharpen v-tools, 2 mandrels jewelers rouge. Basic Kit #1 contains one wheel, mandrel and rouge. Basic Kit #2 contains the v-tool wheel, mandrel and rouge. Basic Kit #2 contains leather wheel (for the inside of v-tools) and mandrel and rouge.
|Deluxe Kit||SH007||$25.95 ea|
|Basic Kit||SH006||$15.95 ea|
|Basic Kit #2||SH018||$15.95 ea|
YELLOWSTONE STROP COMPOUNDHerb Dunkle and family have spent a goodly amount of time convincing us that Yellowstone is the best strop abrasive. They talked about a lot of technical details as to why but all we know is that it works. Just a little on the strop is all that it takes for a razor edge. 1" x 1"x 4" block.
|Yellowstone (really it is peach colored)||SH005||$6.25 ea|