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Flattening questions

Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:28 pm

For now I have an inexpensive King 250/1000 grit combo stone to sharpen my knives with. Just something to learn on really, but it did a great job with my Yamashin santoku so I'll probably keep it around even after I step up to something better. ;)

My questions are: Will my Smith's 600 grit diamond stone work OK to flatten the King stone? I know a lower grit would do it faster of course, but would this still be OK? When I upgrade to different stones would this diamond stone still work?

I am considering getting the Shapton Pro 1k/5k set possibly early next year (yay tax returns! lol). Low wear, little mess, fast cutting, no soaking, and free storage boxes... what's not to like? lol If I don't get these I would probably still be looking at harder type synthetic splash and go stones, so that is what I am looking at when I ask about after upgrading stones.

Re: Flattening questions

Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:42 pm

Update: I found the $30 140 grit diamond flattening plate sold with some of the kits, so I will be getting that along with the stones when I upgrade. That would make the question about after upgrading essentially void. ;)

The main question of whether or not the 600 grit Smith's would be fine with the King stone for now still stands. I don't know of any reason it wouldn't work, just that it would be slower than the 140 grit.

Oh yeah, another question... is the 140 grit too coarse for the 5k Shapton or would that be something to use the 600 grit Smith's for?

Re: Flattening questions

Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:25 am

The 140 will work just fine for the 5k. You could use the 600 on the 1k but it literally take forever. Don't even think about using it for the 250. The 140 is the way to go for all your flattening needs.
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