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 Post subject: Stone advice needed.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:37 pm 
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Hello I wanted to ask some advice on purchasing a few stones to sharpen my existing knives as well as some knives I plan to buy in the future.

I currently have several Hankel Pro S Knives including an 8" chefs, 8" slicer, 4" pairing and 7" Santoku. I would like to get the most out of then but also plan to buy one if not more Japanese knives in the future. I have not chosen the new knives but will probably start with a Gyuto of some kind in the 230-270mm range.

I am simply a home cook and don't have much practice in using a stone but I want to learn.

I have been doing research on several knife/chef forums and from that research was thinking about getting 2 stones. I was considering a Chosera 1k and a SS 5k. Do you think these would be good for a novice and good for my current knives and any upgrade I buy?

I guess while I have you do you have a recommendation for a Gyuto. I probably would want a Western handle and probably will stay away from high carbon as I will not be the only one using the knife so I don't want to worry so much about care. I am looking in the 150-350 price range for the knife.

Thank you for your time,

Nathan



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 Post subject: Re: Stone advice needed.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:48 pm 
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Hi Nathan,

Choseras are excellent stones so they would be a good one to start with. I learned on the 1K and 5K pair and they work well.

There are several good knives in that general price range. If you wanted a good western stainless knife try the Masamoto VG:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/masamoto-chef-knife.html



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 Post subject: Re: Stone advice needed.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:04 pm 

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That would be a good 1k stone. I really like the Suehiro Rika for both beginners and experts alike, I love the feedback the stone provides, and the finish is more than adequate for most kitchen tasks. It is a little softer, you might want to add a flattening plate to go with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Stone advice needed.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:50 pm 
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That looks like a great pair of stones to start with. I don't have enough experience with the knives to help you there.



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