That would probably be a Hard Arkansas stone. It is a natural stone, usually black, used also by woodworkers for sharpening chisels and carving tools. You can find them at any good woodworking tool outlet, including mail-order/online stores such as Woodcraft, Garrett Wade, etc. BTW, Hard Arkansas stones tend to be very pricey.Brad Little wrote: ... I don't use it, but if you really want a fine finish, I found an extremely fine sharpening stone a few years back, it was from a barber shop and was used as the final stage of sharpening a strait razor before stropping it on leather.
"Diamonds are Forever." At least my Revlon Diamond files seem to last forever. I use them for rough filing and shaping. And I use a glass file for fine filing/shaping. I don't know how long glass files last. I have had one for almost a year now and it seems to still be as good as when new.ScottK89 wrote:Whatever's at the pharmacy- revlon, I guess, plus 2 grades of sandpaper then my jeans..
Question- how long do files last for you guys? After a month or so, mine seem worthless.. (and I only use them 2-3 times per week)
No, glass files and crystal files are not the same.morettiguitarist wrote: would this be the same as the crystal file by revlon?
Interesting!habbash wrote:Hi erverone,
I also use a glassfile for shaping and very fine sandpaper for polishing.
My teacher gave me a very good tip:
Fold the sandpaper and lay it over your b-string. Hold it with your left hand and "play" about 100 (free)strokes with each nail on the sandpaper. So your nails will get the perfect shape for playing. Also your sound will be a very very smooth one, because all the microscopic grooves on your nail will have exactly the right direction.
Beware that there is more than one grading scale for sandpaper. ...twistedblues wrote: …
Anyone know if 400 or 600 grit sandpaper is okay? For some reason the local hardware stores skip on the 500??