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 Post subject: Sharpening set up for under $100?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:18 am 
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I am interested in getting started with properly sharpening our knives. What do I need as a beginner with limited funds ($100)? Can I get by with one stone and a flattener or do I need two stones? I would appreciate your advice.



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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening set up for under $100?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:22 am 
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Get this 4pc set for a little more than your budget. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/4pcshstset.html

Use some 120 wet dry sandpaper for flattening.

Use a dish towl for a holder on your kitchen counter.

That would give you enough to get really good edges and you won't outgrow your stones.



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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening set up for under $100?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:43 pm 
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The answer to this, for me, depends on what you're looking for.

If you're looking for a factory edge, which is typically around a 800 to 1,000 grit, you can get by with one stone (or one grit).

If you're after a little sharper, then you need two stones.

The problem is that if you ever chip the knife or it needs serious thinning, the 1 stone (which I'd recommend a 1,000 grit stone) will be a PITA to use to fix the knife.

For me, I would really like to step up to this:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/3pcstoneset.html

You can use wet/dry to flatten the 500 and use the 500 to flatten all the rest. It gives you means to fix/thin and get sharper than factory.



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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening set up for under $100?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:04 pm 
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You can start with something like this http://www.chefknivestogo.com/imtwosi1kst.html and buy better or more ones when you can afford them.



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