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Newbie Help:

Sat Aug 31, 2013 1:00 pm

First and foremost thanks for a great site. After having my knives sharpen locally I decided to purchase a Edge Pro Professional stoneless to sharpen my own knives, so I bought the following stones from Mark. I purchased all Shapton Glass in 320, 500, 1K, 4K, 8k, and 16K. I will purchase the 220, 2K, and 6K when Mark's backorder comes in. My knives are just for home use and are the following two sets, Henckels Pro S series, and the Wusthof Classic series. My question is from what I've been reading hear trying to educate myself is that these knives are a softer steel and won't have to be sharpen much beyond a 2K or 4K stone? I also was wondering if I need any other stones to complete my setup. I will be mostly doing my kitchen knives but do have a number of Benchmade, Randall, and Microtec knives that I would like to sharpen. Should I purchase some polishing compound? I read on here that the Atoma stones are good finishing stone on softer steel. Thanks for the help and if I asked too many boneheaded questions I apologize but can't wait for my stones to get next week and try to sharpen my knives.

Buzz

Re: Newbie Help:

Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:56 pm

Stormrider wrote:First and foremost thanks for a great site. After having my knives sharpen locally I decided to purchase a Edge Pro Professional stoneless to sharpen my own knives, so I bought the following stones from Mark. I purchased all Shapton Glass in 320, 500, 1K, 4K, 8k, and 16K. I will purchase the 220, 2K, and 6K when Mark's backorder comes in. My knives are just for home use and are the following two sets, Henckels Pro S series, and the Wusthof Classic series.

My question is from what I've been reading hear trying to educate myself is that these knives are a softer steel and won't have to be sharpen much beyond a 2K or 4K stone?
Sounds about right. Once you get good with the EP system you can start to experiment with mirror bevels and microbevels but at this point you have an excellent set up for the knives you currently own

I also was wondering if I need any other stones to complete my setup. I will be mostly doing my kitchen knives but do have a number of Benchmade, Randall, and Microtec knives that I would like to sharpen.
Yes your going to need a diamond stone to flatten your current stones. I like the atomas for this. Makes quick work of major repairs and reprofiles as well. An optional stone for you to grab is the 30k GS , you in no way shape or form need it. But you have everything leading up to it and one day your gonna wanna play and try it out......

Should I purchase some polishing compound?
Completely and totally up to you. If you do , I would recommend trying some of kens new Boron Carbide on kangaroo, its cheap and comes in 2.5k , 5k and 8k and will finish off your knives really well if you choose to stop at 2k and 4k (Finish on 2k strop with 5k , finish on 4k strop with 8k). Or if you choose to go all the way to the 30k GS then there is a wide variety of CBN , Monocrystalline and Ploycrystalline for you to try. If you do decide to get a compound and strop always go slightly finer than what you plan on having as a finishing stone.

I read on here that the Atoma stones are good finishing stone on softer steel.
I never finish on the atomas. Typically if a knife needs major repairs / rebevels I break them out and start with the 140 and progress through all four to the 1200. Then I drop down to my 320 shapton and take the knife where im going to take it.

Thanks for the help and if I asked too many boneheaded questions I apologize but can't wait for my stones to get next week and try to sharpen my knives.
Ask away , your starting off with a nice set and your going to be looking to play some more here in the near future I suspect.....

Buzz

Re: Newbie Help:

Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:30 am

Sadden, thanks for the replay, rally appreciate it.

Buzz
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