Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:35 am
I'm interested in putting together a knife sharpening "kit".
I was thinking about the Shapton Pro Series 1000 and a DMT diamond plate. Is it necessary to purchase either a 4k, 5k, or 6k stone to achieve a durable cutting edge?
Alternatively, for something a bit more economical, I was looking at your King line. Other than a presoak, are there any special care issues with these stones?
Great website! Enjoyed the tutorials.
Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:42 am
Thanks! I'm glad you liked the tutorials. We want the site to have a strong educational aspect to it since most guys are new to sharpening and many of the knives are made by unknown makers.
Ok, you can certainly use just a 1k stone for sharpening. There is nothing wrong with doing that especially when you are just learning. A 1-2k stone would be the appropriate range and if you wanted to do this I would suggest the 1.5k shapton pro stone for a single stone solution.
Or even better for about the same price you could get this 2 sided imanishi stone. It will give you 2 stones for the price of 1 and I think it will improve your results a little for no extra cost: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/imtwosi1kst.html
I would prefer the 2 sided stone over the king. You can get good results with the king stones but I think the Shaptons and Imanishi stones above would be my preference.