Tue May 07, 2013 4:37 pm
has anyone used this? i got it as a starter to learn on my new white #1 knife. would you guys recomend getting something in between those like a 2000 or 1000 grit?
Tue May 07, 2013 5:53 pm
Yes, I have used it.
No, you don't need anything in between the two grits.
Two trains of thought:
1. More stones = more chance to mess up switching between them
2. More stones = less time on each stone = less chance to mess up
I live by the fewest stones that work for me. For me, that's 500 (when needed), 1000, 4000, 10000.
You can certainly jump between 800 and 6,000 though.
Tue May 07, 2013 7:38 pm
Awesome thank you for the quick answer
Tue May 07, 2013 11:28 pm
Plan to spend the time on the 800 side to get the edge as perfect (at that grit) as you can. It is a pretty big jump from 800 to 6,000 so you only want to use the 6,000 to polish the perfect 800 edge as that is too fine to remove much steel.
Wed May 08, 2013 5:51 am
ok i just got a yamashin knife to learn to sharpen with. its white #1 and its not too sharp out of the box. i'm assuming the edge is good just not sharp. should i take it to the 800 first?
Wed May 08, 2013 11:22 am
Start with the 800 if you want to sharpen. The 6,000 will only really be used for final polish and touch up.
Depending on your budget, you really need a stone in-between these two. Maybe something in the 2,000 range (like the green brick of joy).
Wed May 08, 2013 1:15 pm
Yes, use the 800 grit side first.
Wed May 08, 2013 2:38 pm
I'm with Adam. You don't need a stone in between at this stage in the game.
A really good 800 grit edge on white #1 should be able to cut some arm hair, and push-cut printer paper. Master that, then see how polishing with the 6000 improves it, and if you eventually feel like the jump is too big, get another stone (at that point, you'll probably get excited and switch to more exotic stones than the Kings anyway). If you do a really good job on the 800, and then polish well on a 6000, you should have an extremely sharp edge as far as kitchen tasks go; certainly sharper than most people ever experience in their whole lives.
Adding stones won't really solve any sharpening defects until you're laying a proper foundation on your 800 grit stone. Skills, not tools, as Murray Carter says.
Thu May 09, 2013 5:51 pm
should i also not be using a steel on white #1? just a regular honing steel not a sharpening steel
Thu May 09, 2013 8:23 pm
I don't, no. It can cause microchipping of the edge.
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