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Free Giveaway. How do you sharpen?

Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:48 pm

I got a few more of the Shun Blue Steel honesukis so I'm going to give them away.

Tell us your current sharpening routine. What stones do you use? Or, if you don't know how to sharpen just say that and you'll be entered to win. Good luck!

Re: Free Giveaway. How do you sharpen?

Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:58 pm

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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Re: Free Giveaway. How do you sharpen?

Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:58 pm

Beston 500 grit
Bester 1200 grit
Suehiro Rika 5K
Naniwa 10K
Honed on a Mac ceramic rod

Touch my knives up at least 3-4 times a week to keep that razor edge.

Love my stones from CKTG!!

Re: Free Giveaway. How do you sharpen?

Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:00 pm

140 diamond flattening plate, DMT course 320, Shapton 500, SS 1000, SS 3000, SS 5000, Shapton 8000, Kitiyami 8000+, Shapton 16000, felt with diamond slurry, DMT diamond rod, DMT ceramic rod....

Re: Free Giveaway. How do you sharpen?

Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:01 pm

On my blue steel gyuto I use Chosera 1 and 3k, then the Rika and polish on the Kitayama. Sometimes I use a chunk of Chosera 10k I got cheap, but as I get used to the Kitayama I use the Chosera less.

Re: Free Giveaway. How do you sharpen?

Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:02 pm

Edge Pro Custom Shapton Pro Set, best investment
I've ever made. Borosilicate/Ceramic honing rods.

Re: Free Giveaway. How do you sharpen?

Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:05 pm

King 250/1000 combo
follow up i use my lansky sharpening system stones but i use them by hand. They are little but it gets the job done i use the fine yellow stone and then the blue saphire stone. I also have an old belt that i ripped apart and use the inside of the belt as a strop, it seems to work. I also keep up on my blades with a DMT ceramic steel.

Eventually i'll get some chosera or shapton stones :(
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Re: Free Giveaway. How do you sharpen?

Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:06 pm

Mix and match various stones depending on the knife and what needs to be done

gesshin 400 if I need to fix or reprofile
binsui
king 1000 (need to replace this one)
gesshin 2000
sun 6000
takashima awasedo (usually to finish)

a few that I need to pick up - an intermediate stone to replace the king 1K, something a bit finer (maybe a monzento?), a kitayama, and a naniwa 10K

Re: Free Giveaway. How do you sharpen?

Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:09 pm

Send to Shaun in MS.

Re: Free Giveaway. How do you sharpen?

Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:19 pm

I use Norton stones. Start out with a 220 if the blade is no good but typically use a 1k 2k then a 4k and finish with a 8k polishing stone
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