I have some very nice stones, and have been using them on my tools...
I started with my planes and spokeshaves, this was pretty
straightforward. All the stuff available on various websites was very
helpful, and I now have blades that I think are scary sharp: no white
line at the tip, mirror polished, and cut things very nice.
But I have a couple questions.
1. Is it just me, or are chisels (I've moved on to chisels! Some day I
hope to be finished with this initial step of giving everything the
first thorough going over!) much harder to hold than planer blades? I
can't seem to find the bevel by touch as easily as a thin blade. Maybe
it's just that the bevel is so much broader than on a thin blade, and
deviations are more pronounced? The thin blades definitely have some
curve so maybe it's just *easier*
to notice when they are off the bevel...
2. Do I keep the slurry on the (water)stone after each use, or wash it
off? I'm cheap, and want to keep it on, but the stones are turning black.