I use a cheap carborundum stone as my coarse grit (which will be replaced by a latte stone eventually) i first a raise a burr on each side, then a nubutama bamboo gold 1k stone and raise a burr on both sides, then my suehiro rika for refining. in between each i like running my knife through a cork from a wine bottle, or the hard felt block.
the way i sharpen is a combination of what i learned from you guys and what i learned from murray carter's videos, special mention to jon of JKI and ken on certain things as well.
when i need to thin a knife, i use the carborundum stone and then take my time to refine the scratch marks and work with the 1k. and if needed i will use the rika 5k as well.
when i need to maintain an edge and not really sharpen it completely i take a few passes on the 1k then the rika. but it depends on how badly the edge needs to be fixed. if i can get away with a few strokes on a loaded cheap barber's leather strop, i'll do it. but i'm not satisfied i go through the motions of the stones til i am happy. but if the edge really doesn't wanna stay sharp long enough, then i'll sharpen it all the way down to a coarse stone til the rika. if i want further refinement i use the strop, but that usually isn't the case. sometimes i make things worse with the strop, but it depends on the knife and the type of steel it is.
i am saving up for the nano cloth and the diamond sprays =D
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