What Grit Should I use? Stones or Paper? How many strokes?

It’s probably a good idea to get an 800 grit stone if you are deciding to go with the stone method to sharpen your sword.

The general idea is to start coarse and go slow. For example, going from 400 to 1000 is going to be a bit of a leap, not to mention a whole lot of extra work to polish down the scratches the 400 grit did.

There really isn’t much difference between grinding with a stone, and with sandpaper, save that the sandpaper will run out faster than the stone will.

As far as I know, there really isn’t much advantage that oil has over water, and vice versa. You’ll find that various people have their preferences, and may say that one method is better than another, but at the end of the day, either is suitable for the job they are to do: to help facilitate the sharpening process, and carry away the excess material. Just make sure that the stones you got are able to use oil if that’s what you want to use: some stones are strictly to be used with water only (Japanese waterstones for example). Also, if you are using stones that can work with either, make sure to stick with whatever you decide to use. If you used oil with your stone, don’t switch to water on it later, and vice versa.

How long to do it for or how many strokes to use per side?

Honestly I can’t say. You basically just keep grinding evenly on both sides until the edge is properly shaped and/or the scratches from the previous grit have been covered by the one you are currently on. Then you move to the next one till you’re done. There is no set number of strokes to tell, really, you have to go by feel, pretty much.


 

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