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I want to start sharpening free hand.

Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:03 am


I want to start sharpening free hand and I need to buy the stones but could you possibly answer some questions I have?

1. DMT Dia-sharp or Duo-sharp? Which are better? In some forums (including bladeforums.org) most people favor Dia-sharp. Why is that?

2. I want to order the stones for me but do I need the extra coarse DMT? Or is the coarse stone enough for knives? Normally the knives I come across in my freinds' kitchens are so neglected that I wonder if the coarse DMT would be enough.

3. Is it OK if I buy the following stones:
DMT Diasharp or Duosharp coarse (tell me which to choose, please)
DMT Diasharp or Duosharp fine (tell me which to choose, please)
Spyderco 306 UF Ultra fine 8 inch
a strop

Thank you

Re: I want to start sharpening free hand.

Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:54 pm

1) I don't know :( - sorry can't help here
2) The extra coarse DMT is often used as a flattening stone for higher grit whetstones. You can use it on knives, I have done so for repairs on occasion, but it is pretty aggressive for normal sharpening. For a beginner it is better to be a bit more conservative with their grit selection. Making a mistake slowly is makes it easier to see the error and correct it. Make a mistake fast and dramatically, and you get to buy a new knife :). If you want a diamond hone to flatten stones the DMT is great. One of these two would be a less expensive alternative to the DMT. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/40grdipl.html http://www.chefknivestogo.com/140grdistflp.html
3) Many folks on this site are fans of water stones for sharpening. Here are some of the common entry level sets suggested for beginners. Some have a flattening stone, others don't.

a. Imanish combo stone, a one stone solution: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/imtwosi1kst.html

b. Arashiyama starter set, very popular due to high value for the money: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/4pcshstset.html

c. Bester/Suehiro Rika starter set, also very popular due to high value for the money: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/3pcstoneset.html

d. Bester/Suehiro Rika/Stone holder/flattening plate/etc starter set, pretty much anything you would need is included: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/knshcoset.html

Re: I want to start sharpening free hand.

Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:23 pm

+1 what cedar house said.

Re: I want to start sharpening free hand.

Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:26 pm

Hello, Maciek

I see your post here so I will finish what I had in my email here.

If what your sharpening does not consist of a majority of high wear steels then waterstones might be a better option.

1. I don't know if you could define one as better but the diasharps have a better feel and typically produce a slightly finer scratch pattern.

2. The coarse DMT would not be enough.

3. The jump from fine diamond to UF ceramic is far too big.

I think a Nubatama 150 http://www.chefknivestogo.com/nuba150grwa.html

Nubatama 1k Ume http://www.chefknivestogo.com/nubatamaume1k1.html

Chosera 3k http://www.chefknivestogo.com/ch3grstba.html

And that 140 grit diamond plate would make a good set. It's similar to the set I'm currently using and there is not much it can't do.
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