Level the honing stone again by dressing

The use of a sharpener when sharpening blades results in uneven wear on the surface. Most of the substance in the middle of the grinding surface carries more substance than at the edges. A regular alignment of the honing stone straightens it and allows again and again best grinding results. There are several dressing techniques.

Suitable grains

For the dressing of honing stones there are commercially available special dressing blocks and diamond plate devices. They are expensive and rarely needed for private use. Easier dressing techniques are done with two stones or sandpaper. When dressing with two stones rubbed against each other, the coarsest result is achieved.

If the honing stone is to produce razor-sharp blades, dressing with wet sandpaper is recommended. Depending on the grain of the honing stone and its bond strength, the "countergrain" of the sanding paper must be selected. Hard-bound stones can already be adequately dressed with 1000 grits. Soft-bound stones such as Japanese water stones should be dressed with 3000 to 5000 grain sizes. The entry graining is 80 in hard variants and 200 for soft bonds.

To align a whetstone

  • Wet sandpaper in three increments of 80, 400 & 1000 or 200, 1000 & 3000
  • water
  • pencil
  • glass plate
  • Rush-resistant pad

1. Mark the stone

Use the pencil to draw a check pattern or parallel diagonal lines on the surface to be dressed. The distance of the lines should be about two centimeters.

2. Water the stone

Put the whetstone in water in the same way as you would before sanding it. If no air bubbles rise, he is ready to leave.

3. Mount the sanding plate

Cut the emery paper (80 or 200 grit) so that you can bend it over two end edge ends of the glass plate. By slightly moistening the glass plate sucks the sandpaper firmly.

4. grinding

Start with circular motions to either move the glass plate over the peel or run the whetstone over the glass top.

5. grinding steps

When the pencil lines have completely disappeared, draw a new pattern and increase the grain. Three passes are usually enough.

6. Clean

Clean the dressed stone by rinsing thoroughly with hot water from the abrasive slurry.

Tips & Tricks

The largest selection of abrasives and the highest grain sizes can be found in DIY stores not in the abrasives department, but mostly in the area of ​​car and body accessories.

Video Board: Flattening Whetstones, Oil or Water Sharpening Stones