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Alternative to my old black Arkansas?

Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:22 pm

Mark,

I have my dads old black Arkansas I use for routine final edge polish, but it's a bit small at 2 x 6. Do you have an alternative to consider? 8, 9, or 10 x 2 or 3 would work. I may just ebay a larger black but thought I'd ask. I'm not a sharpening fanatic, surgical level is fine.

thanks Jim

Re: Alternative to my old black Arkansas?

Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:24 pm

This set is all you need and it will improve your results.
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/4pcshstset.html

Re: Alternative to my old black Arkansas?

Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:51 pm

chefknivestogo wrote:This set is all you need and it will improve your results.
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/4pcshstset.html


+1

Great stone set and will work much better than ark stones.

Re: Alternative to my old black Arkansas?

Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:04 pm

thanks,

I've got the 3 spyderco stones that top out at around 2k (!), but they are small in width.

I'm sure this set is worth it but I'm spent down this month.
are the stones flat out of box?

would there be any reason to upgrade? if so, what's the endgame?
I'd like to get it right the first time and not buy a further collection of unused stones.

I don't mind soaking stones, but I'd like something hard so I don't have to flatten each time, at least for the final polish stone.



anyway, maybe next month. looking forward to my santoku!

cheers.

Jim

Re: Alternative to my old black Arkansas?

Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:34 pm

ps
I've got large dmt combo 800/1200.

Re: Alternative to my old black Arkansas?

Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:35 pm

The stones in that set are superior to the stuff you have now. If you wanted something that was splash and go you should take a look at the shaptons.

Re: Alternative to my old black Arkansas?

Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:01 pm

I agree.
I almost bought the SGS last time and should have.

The Spyderco is great, but not for this.

I'm going list for trade:

Spyderco Sharpmaker, full kit, little used /w diamond rods

+ Spyderco ruby stones 2 x 8 M (brown), 00, 000 (white). low use

I gotta look in my box: boride stomes, edm, etc see what else.

see what shakes.

meantime I'll probably buy a SGS 4,000 or 6,000 for now.

Jim

Re: Alternative to my old black Arkansas?

Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:00 pm

The Arashiyama set is a good set. They can be used as splash and go, they soak up very little water. They are flat out of the box and dish slow. It's not a set you will out grow.
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