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Good Low Grit Stone

Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:46 pm

Hello!

I was curious if you had any recommendations for a good low-grit, edge-setting stone. I currently use the Naniwa Chosera stones, 1000 and 3000 grits, and I have a King 6000. I like the Chosera stones, but it appears you're out of stock of the 400 and 600, so I was wondering what else you'd recommend. Something I suppose between 200 and 600 to cut quick. Thank you!

Travis

Re: Good Low Grit Stone

Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:48 pm

My current favorite is the Latte 400. It's a nice stone: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/la400grst.html

Next is the Beston 500. Very good stone as well: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/beston500.html

Re: Good Low Grit Stone

Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:21 pm

I love my Beston 500....but never tried the Latte 400 so can't recommend over it.

Re: Good Low Grit Stone

Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:57 pm

I have had great success with the latte 400. Get a very crisp bevel set in no time, leaves a smoother edge than I expected for this grit, and yet cuts very fast.
I am very happy with it.

Re: Good Low Grit Stone

Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:21 pm

I'd go with a Nubatama 150 Bamboo - faster and still leaves a good finish - and bigger too.

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Ken

Re: Good Low Grit Stone

Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:08 am

I have to say I really like my Latte 400, but I do not have a 150 Bamboo. For edge setting I start at around 150 and progress to my 400. I guess it depends on how bad the edge you are trying to set is (or the steel).

Re: Good Low Grit Stone

Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:23 am

I don't have anything lower than my latte 400, to me it gets the job done setting bevels on all my kitchen knives, though none of them are PM or anything. Maybe going 150 or so would be worth while for my ZDP 189 Spyderco, which took quite a bit of sweat to reset the bevel.

Re: Good Low Grit Stone

Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:02 am

Pete did a review including the 150 Bamboo here:

christmas-in-may-nubatama-first-look-t2839.html

where he even timed how quick the 150 raised a burr on a dull knife. FAST. It's not that you can't reprofile on higher grit stones. Some even use a 1k stone for this.

On really abrasion resistant steels, go for the Atoma 140 and follow with the bamboo 150 for fastest results.

The 500 Beston has been compared to the Nubatama 320 Ume - with the 320 Ume coming out somewhat favorably, along with several other well done reviews. For this application, I'd even recommend the 150 Bamboo as a better choice than the 320.

http://www.memagnus.com/wp/?tag=santa-m ... sharpening

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Ken
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