The next thing I do is coat the hammer surface with a black marking pen and lightly drag the modified India oil stone
An oil stone
can be messy as the oil and knife grindings cannot be washed off, and will stay on the stone.
Buy a ladder, monkey wrench, nail pouch and oil stone
. The last is a sharpening tool.
With a conventional bench plane, you can sharpen the blade using a fine grade oil stone
and a honing guide, holding the blade at an angle to the oil stone
To keep the blades sharp, we found that you can use a steel, a good water whet-stone, or even an oil stone
. Some purists recommend water stones only; you can buy one for about $10 (slightly more for one mounted on a wooden base).