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 Post subject: Multiple stone questions
PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:25 pm 
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Hello Mark,

Sorry I missed your phone call. I know that this is a very busy time of year for you. I am beginning to collect high quality straight razors and I also have (2) sets of quality kitchen knives (Al Mar and Henkles) that I want to sharpen to a falling hair drop sharpness. I purchased a couple of Norton combo stones some time back for my kitchen knives, consisting of 220-100, 4000-8000 and a flattening stone. I also purchased a Naniwa superstone in 10,000 grit.

In your opinion, are the Norton's of high enough quality for putting a "super edge" on my razors, or, should I buy maybe another 5000,6000,8000,12,000, or 15,000 grit for final mirror finish?

Are the Chosera and natural stones worth the cost difference??

I will also need to purchase a flattening plate. I am considering the DMT diamond plate, but there are (2) listed and I'm not sure which one is appropriate. I am ready to purchase now and value your opinion.

Thank you,
Jerry



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 Post subject: Re: Multiple stone questions
PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:31 pm 
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Hi Jerry,

I'm a big believer in using what you have and I'm sure your norton and super stones will do the job just fine. I'm guessing you made an error and you have a 220-1000 combo stone instead of a 220-100.
I think your technique will have more to do with your results than shelling out more money for more stones. So I encourage you to use the ones you have now and as you wear them out you can contemplate trying some different ones.

You do need a flattening method and I would recommend the DMT 140 grit diamon plate: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/dmtextracoarse.html
This plate will take care of all your flattening needs.

I would also recommend you add a strop or two and maybe some diamond spray if you're sharpening razors. You may have this stuff and didn't mention it.



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