Norton Waterstone Case

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
5.0
out of 5
Brand:
Norton Abrasives
Model:
IM83
Price:
$150

Description

Based on the popular IM313 Tri Stone Sharpening System with 11-1/2” stones, this model has a unique carrying case that allows you to transport your sharpening system in a rugged case that also had a compartment for tools, knives and other equipment. The sharpening compartment also includes a watertight reservoir that can keep stones continually submerged, even when not in use.

WOOD magazine review

Sharpen on the go with these spillproof stone kits

Review Summary

I work as a cabinetmaker in an 1875-era historical village using nothing but true-to-the-period hand tools. Needless to say, I have to sharpen tools every day. So I recognize a quality sharpening product, such as the Norton Portable Sharpening System, when I see it. Norton packed its existing tri-hone kit (three stones mounted in triangular fashion on a rotating base) in a leak-proof plastic box with a reservoir bath below the stones. So two stones soak while you use the other.
The stones need only 15 minutes in the water before use, so I soak the 1,000- and 4,000- grit stones first. (Norton recommends that you not store the stones in water.) No matter which of those stones I start with, the 8,000-grit stone gets submerged and is ready when I need it. I like the 3×8" stones in this kit better than the 2-1/2×11-1/2" stones in Norton’s previous tri-hone. The new stones allow me to sharpen wide plane irons and provide a better platform for my honing guide. The kit also includes a ceramic flattening plate, and I found enough room in the bottom storage tray to hold the honing guide. Although I got sharp tools using the oilstone version, I found that I could get a much sharper edge on my plane irons with the waterstones. Included in the oilstone kit are a coarse Crystolone stone and medium and fine India stones. —Tested by John Olson

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Reader Reviews

Everything in one place

Review Summary

Finally, I can store most of my sharpening stuff in one easy to carry box. And the tri-hone system is easy to use for most of my sharpening needs. Now it takes almost no time at all to put an edge on all my tools and I will know where all my sharpening tools are!

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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