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Flattening new stones

Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:48 pm

Hey there Mark!

Finally got my stones after their relay in from Texas, I purchased the 5 piece set and I was just wondering about 2 little things.

For one, the 5000 grit is covered with glue on one side, is that normal? Seems like it could be a pain for leveling?

Similarly, the Bester has some erosion on one side on the edge of the stone. I'm assuming these things are issues with the manufacturers, is there any way to do anything about it?

Thanks a bunch for your help!

Nick

Re: Flattening new stones

Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:50 pm

Hi Nick,

Often times stones will have binding agents on them or slight imperfections. You need to flatten them regularly anyway so I recommend just flattening them right out of the box. If you don't have a diamond plate just get some 120 grit wet dry sandpaper from the hardware store and flatten the stones before you start using them. It only takes a minute and it will improve your results as you use the stones.

We sell diamond plates that work well. Here is the one I use:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/dmtextracoarse.html

There's a video on that page that may be useful for you even if you use sandpaper.


Kind Regards,
Mark Richmond
www.chefKnivesToGo.com

Re: Flattening new stones

Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:27 pm

Thanks Mark!

The glue up the side won't be an issue though?

Re: Flattening new stones

Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:29 pm

It shouldn't be a problem. Just grind it off or leave it. If it were me I would take 10 seconds and grind it off. Do it after you flatten the stone.

Re: Flattening new stones

Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:21 pm

Mark,

Would you recommend flattening new Shapton glass stones for the EP before use? It looks like they were flattened before the grit stamp was applied to the stones.

Thanks,
Jeff

Re: Flattening new stones

Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:13 pm

Hi Jeff,

They seem really flat to me. The factory even rounded the edges on them.

Re: Flattening new stones

Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:24 pm

Mark,

I really like they beveled the edges on the stones. That was a nice detail they provided.

Thanks,
Jeff

Re: Flattening new stones

Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:23 am

After you grind the glue off, be sure to clean your diamond plate off with a nail brush to get rid of the glue you ground off.

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Ken
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