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First Free Hand Sharpening Set Up

Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:28 pm

After deciding on my new, introductory kitchen knives as well as a stropping set-up, I now need to add a sharpening set up. I have decided to attempt free hand sharpening as opposed to an Edge Pro system. So far I have decided on

Stone Holder: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/sustho.html


Flattening Plate: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/dmtextracoarse.html

I am trying to decide on two stone systems either

Shapton's http://www.chefknivestogo.com/shgl50set.html


Latte http://www.chefknivestogo.com/la400grst.html

Green Brick http://www.chefknivestogo.com/naao2kgrbr.html

and some finishing stone which I need suggestions on. In one of the sets, an 8k stone is used after the 2k Green Brick, but that seems like a large jump in grit to me.

Any suggestions will be appreciated. I am concerned the Shapton's might be a bit too unforgiving for a starting free hand sharpener.

Re: First Free Hand Sharpening Set Up

Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:14 pm

A good stone to follow up the green brick with, it will give between a 6-8k finish: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/takenoko8000.html

Re: First Free Hand Sharpening Set Up

Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:06 am

CRAIG <> First things first, I am assuming you are planning on purchasing hard steel. Yes?

The oversized stone holder you chose is needed for stones that have a built in base... none of the stones you are looking at have one. The DMT plate is a premium plate that can be used as a sharpening "stone", as well, but is way overpriced to be used solely as a lapping plate. I am attaching below a more cost effective menu below that includes another lapping plate that can be used for chip repair, as well. Effective, as in more efficacy for your dollar.

Rough stone...<--link

Utility stone...<--link

Finishing stone...<--link

Stropping set w/lapping plate included...<--link. You would then need an abrasive compound of your choice such as this suggestion.<--link

Regarding your Shapton concerns. I am not a fan of the Glass Stones as they offer zero feedback through the knife. Many argue they offer audible feedback which they do, but so do all stones; it seems foolish to limit the available feedback to just audio. They cut fast. They dish slow. I don't care; I liken the experience to what I imagine having sex with a robot would be like: cold, distant, boring, and disconnected. I like the Pros, but they are still hard stones that will gouge your edge before themselves so be aware and vigilant when employing them.

Re: First Free Hand Sharpening Set Up

Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:47 am

Mel - Thank you for your input. Yes I will use the set up to maintain the new kitchen knives I am purchasing, namely, the Tojiro knives you recommended to me to start with in a different thread. I am assume those would be classified as harder steels? I also intend to use this on my hunting knives when I get proficient, assuming I do, so for those the HRC is usually 54-58 with some fairly abrasion resistant steels such as s35v.
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