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A few questions

Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:44 pm

As a beginner sharpener, I have a couple questions that I was wondering if you could help me out with. I just purchased some chromium oxide paste for my balsa strop. My question is after stropping multiple times what should I look for when it comes to reapplying the paste? I also purchased the Suehiro Rika 5k stone a few weeks back. It is working beautifully but because I am a beginner, it appears I scratched the stone. It isn't very deep but I was wondering if I should flatten it or just leave it alone? I have a DMT Extra- Coarse that I use to flatten my Shapton 1k stone but I didn't know if the DMT stone is too coarse for flattening the 5k stone. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

Re: A few questions

Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:47 pm

HI Tyler,

For the CO I usually just use it until I feel it's not working. It's better to under apply than over apply. In general I put just enough (a few drops) on the pad to cover it and then I might add a drop or two after I strop on it 25 times. If you get too much on there it will cake up and not work as well. You can always sand the strop down to clean it off if you get too much on there.

If your stone has a small nick or scratch I would recommend you ignore it. Just flatten the stone lightly before each session and you will flatten it out over a short period of time. You'll waste your stone if you try to remove minor imperfections completely each time they occur.

If you have more questions keep asking them here and I'll help you.

Re: A few questions

Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:35 pm

Should I flatten the Suehiro Riko with the DMT Extra-Coarse or will that be too coarse and ruin my stone?

Re: A few questions

Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:40 pm

Yes, the DMTXXC is what I use on all my stones up to the 10K chosera and Imanishi. It won't ruin it. Some people worry that it will put scratches in the stone but those scratches won't affect the perfomance of the stone. What I mean is they won't transfer to the edge in any way. If you have the DMTXC that will work too.
Here's the DMT section for those reading along: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/dmt1.html

Re: A few questions

Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:27 am

+1 on all counts.

Re: A few questions

Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:17 pm

Thanks for the information! Now it's back to practicing.

Re: A few questions

Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:30 pm

FWIW, you can flatten those stones just fine with an XXC for knives.

For a razor, you'll see a big difference in the edge. Tested it extensively.

Re: A few questions

Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:20 pm

Michiel, what stone do you propose to flatten high grit stones such as 8k and 16k?

Re: A few questions

Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:58 pm

I use the atoma 1200 on those stones.

Re: A few questions

Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:19 am

It would be a good idea to use a nagura on higher grit stones, deep gouging can cause misinterpretation's of the feedback/feel you experience when sharpening. It will also keep them flatter and need less plate flattening.
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