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Guide to buying a sharpening stone set as a gift

Updated on July 16, 2014


An item of great necessity is a sharpening stone. It is also referred to as a water stone or whetstone. Their basic purpose is to grind, ,sharpen and hone the edges of chisels , blades and tools. They are also used to sharpen items used in the kitchen like cutting knifes and meat chopping blades. Their utility cannot be underestimated in a home and only a lady who runs a home can understand its significance.

Examples of the use of Sharpening Stones

There are many examples of the use of sharpening stones in the home. Their uses cover the honing of scissors including leaf and stem trimmers and pruners, scythes, knives, razors and tools such as chisels, hand scrapers and plane blades. The utility of a sharpening stone in a house cannot be underestimated. It’s more of a utility item than a fancy item, but at the same time is an item that a house will need either in the kitchen or in the garden. Gifting a sharpening stone may look unglamorous, but the user will soon appreciate the gift as it is one that he or she can use.

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What type of Stone to Gift

Before deciding on the gift of a sharpening stone, the presenter will have to consider what type of stone natural or artificial to gift. In addition he or she will have to decide what shape and size the stone should be, as these sharpening stones come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Size of Stone

The next point is the size of the stone. In this the person will have to consider the size of the family and the size of the home. In case it’s a country home with a garden a larger stone will be required. In case the person lives in a flat, obviously his requirement will be for a smaller stone.

Natural and Artificial Stones

Stones used for sharpening may be natural or artificial. Natural stones occur naturally in nature, but in modern times they are not so common. The reason is that natural stones are scarce as their source seems to have been exhausted by man himself with excessive usage. They are now replaced by synthetic stones which serve much the same purpose. Their advantage is that they are mass produced and thus easily available. Natural stones are more beautiful and greatly prized and thus more costly. Keeping your budget in mind, a person will have to choose the type of stone to give as a present.


A person will also have to decide his budget. In case he has money to spare he may well go in for a diamond stone. This is generally a steel plate having a plastic or resin base, which is coated with a substance called diamond grit. It will have a series of holes to facilitate sharpening of knives and other instruments. Diamond sharpeners are more expensive, but in terms of utility they are rated behind natural stones.

Synthetic Stone

Another type of stone is the synthetic stone. These are mass produced and comparatively cheaper. They however serve the purpose for which they are meant. Most synthetic stones will need some form of lubricant which could be water or oil.

Last word

Gifting a sharpening stone is an excellent idea. It will not only surprise the person, but also give him or her a gift which can be used every day. It is a utility item and most likely it will be a gift that will be remembered for long.


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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very helpful my friend. I happen to need one of these, so thanks for the information.

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      MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you Billy for commenting

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      MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you Billy for commenting

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative and a unique idea for a gift.

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      MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

      Dear DDE, yes this is unconventional gift, but very useful

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great information. It is high time I got a new stone. Thank you.

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      MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you Eric for your comment

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      This would be a great gift for my brother-in-law who loves hunt and fish.

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      MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you teaches12345 for commenting and appreciating

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