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Norton India Oil Stone

The Norton India Oilstone is an iconic tool sharpener which has been the mainstay of woodworkers for the sharpening of plane irons, chisels and knives. It is a sharpener of yesteryear but many woodworkers including myself still use an Oilstone. The India Stone is also used by chefs and bushcraft for the rapid sharpening of knives

I have been woodworking since 1989 and I have used many different oilstones with different abrasive makeups. The American brand Norton has for decades successfully fulfilled the need of many a joiner or jobbing builder.  

My First Norton India

Was a very welcome birthday present and I still use it today although it is a bit thinner! As a happy teenager, I decided to show my woodworking teacher Mr Childs and guess what happened. Mr Childs soon delved into the timber scraps and pulled out a chunk of Cherry. He soon had me chopping out a box and lid to hold my new oil stone in. ‘Mr Childs was obviously my favourite teacher who truly inspired me’.

Oilstones are not so popular since Diamond Sharpeners

I have been using Norton India oilstones ever since my father introduced them to me. Today many a woodworker has transitioned to sharpening their tools with whetstones. I have to admit I also use whetstones but the humble oil stone still has a place in my workshop. 

My Norton Oilstones

I seem to have collected Norton Oilstones over the years but it is quite hab=ndy really. I use two stones in my sharpening guide system for coarse and fine sharpening.

I also have two stones mounted in a draw for low-level hand sharpening for quick touch-ups.

So you want to sharpen your tool for a little money?

No innuendo intended! A good set of whetstones and a diamond flattener can set you back a few hundred. A good India stone is only $20 and could last decades. You make your choices.

Norton – Fine/Coarse – India Combination Oilstone

In the USA? Get your Norton India Oil Stone HERE

In the UK? Get your Norton India Oil Stone HERE

En France? Obtenez votre pierre à huile Norton India ICI

Why is Norton India good for woodworkers.

This good old stone has been, around for years and is tried and tested. Unlike many things in 2020 that have changed and not always for the better. Norton India oilstones are pretty much the same. 

How long will a Norton’s India Oilstone last?

I still have a Norton India that I have used for 40 years. Yes, they are a little thinner but they still put on a good edge.

My conclusion on the Norton India sharpening Stone

If you’re like me and just a poor woodworker in the need for an oilstone then this could be the answer. Tools sharpened with the Norton is capable of shaving hair from the body.

Although there are other options for sharpening your hand plane knives (blade). The best value has to be the Norton India Oil Stone.

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