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Graduating from Spyderco: Stone Set Recommendation

Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:38 pm

greetings,
I had been using the Spyderco Tri-Angle sharpener for a few years and have had satisfactory results. I now find that I can't put a good edge on most of my knives. I'm guessing that I need some thinning.

I'd like to take the training wheels off and move to a set of stones. I've looked at the sets offered by CKTG and read a lot of threads on this board. Still, I've got a couple of questions where I can use some advice.

Currently, I have a few Forschner knives and some random low quality knives to begin the learning process.

1. I *believe* I need to thin some of my knives. Will a Beston 500 or 400 Latte be sufficient for thinning?
2. I've been looking at the following sets:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/sh6pcstset.html
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/knshcoset.html
3. Which of the above or another set might best serve my needs of thinning and sharpening my set of knives? Not sure that either set has something sufficient for thinning my knives.

Given that I'm a newbie, I'd like a set of stones that provides the best "feel" (sorry for the vague descriptor) of sharpening. Would that point me away from Shapton? I'd like the most feedback as possible while I'm learning.


Thanks,

-Dean

Re: Graduating from Spyderco: Stone Set Recommendation

Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:32 pm

Yes....a 500 Beston or 400 Latte would make a good stone to thin those knives.

I would go with the set that has the Beston as you sound like you're in need of it.

The following is a personal preference answer....the set with the Beston, Rika, and Bester has far better tactile feedback than the GlassStone set.

Re: Graduating from Spyderco: Stone Set Recommendation

Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:53 pm

I use them both and there are advantages to each.

The main advantage to the shapton glass stones are:

They're splash and go (require no soaking)
They're hard (easier to learn on with less gouging issues when you wobble)
They wear more slowly (less dishing)

The Imanishi set with the beston, bester and rikas have these advantages:
They have better feedback
They are less money
They're much thicker so even though they wear faster they should last longer (I think)
Personally they're more fun for me (don't ask me why but I enjoy using them more for some reason)

So, you won't go wrong with either set. Don't spend too many brain cells on the decision. :)

Re: Graduating from Spyderco: Stone Set Recommendation

Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:54 pm

PS ask Adam how he sharpened on the glass side when he first tried a glass stone. hahahahah

Re: Graduating from Spyderco: Stone Set Recommendation

Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:58 am

Thanks for the input.

I went with the 8 piece. Looking forward to putting the set to use!

Re: Graduating from Spyderco: Stone Set Recommendation

Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:10 am

Come back and ask questions if you need some help.

Re: Graduating from Spyderco: Stone Set Recommendation

Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:57 am

"PS ask Adam how he sharpened on the glass side when he first tried a glass stone."

Adam,

Did you notice any improvement on the edge?

:)

Re: Graduating from Spyderco: Stone Set Recommendation

Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:07 pm

I'll never let that down!!

No....it didn't improve the edge....AT ALL!! :)
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