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 Post subject: Re: whats your sharpening progression?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:37 pm 
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CHOPPER <> JEFFB, KEN123, & RICK really sum it up well, but it seems from your reply to JEFFB, you just want a simple answer. :P

In a residential kitchen, I don't see why you'd have to do much more than maintain a nice edge with regular honing on say a 5k... I love the Suehiro Rika<--link! A full progression will most likely rarely be required, but a Latte 400<--link, Nubutama Bamboo 1200<--link, Suehiro Rika<--link creates a really nice edge on a lot of steels. I typically go further finishing on a Yaginoshima<--link, and stropping with 1µ compounds (e.g. Poly<--link, CubicBoronNitride<--link) followed by naked horse<--link or cross-hatched cordovan leather.



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 Post subject: Re: whats your sharpening progression?
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Melampus wrote:CHOPPER <> JEFFB, KEN123, & RICK really sum it up well, but it seems from your reply to JEFFB, you just want a simple answer. :P


it all curiosity really


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 Post subject: Re: whats your sharpening progression?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:14 pm 

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1k the 4k Shapton Glass

Finish on 3micron balsa strop.

Strop between sharpening sessions (about 6-8 weeks).

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:34 pm 
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Soft stainless - Shapton GS 500, Green Brick. Sometimes I hit the Pro 1k a few strokes just before the brick.

Carbons, Harder stainless(60+Hrc) - Shapton Pro 320, Pro 1k, then anything from Pro 2k, Chocera 3k, GS 4k, Arishyama 6k up to Snow white 8k.



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 Post subject: Re: whats your sharpening progression?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:17 pm 
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500 Beston or 400 Latte if needed

1k Ume

Rika

Naniwa SS 10k if I'm feeling like being silly

Strop on loaded or unloaded hard felt.

I also have a balsa strop I play with occasionally.



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220 DMT-Beston 500 if needed...
Shapton Pro 1k
Green Brick 2k
Big jump to...Katiyama 8k
Untreated Horse Strop if I am feeling really shiny.



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 Post subject: Re: whats your sharpening progression?
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Lots of you seems to stop at 5-8k grit.
Do you prefer a toothy edge like this or is it due to lack of higher grit stones?


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 Post subject: Re: whats your sharpening progression?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:13 am 

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5-8k is not toothy, 400 is toothy. A good 8k stone can be used for finishing straight razors or the final polish on a yanagi. It's a lot sharper than you may think. For general cutting even very low grits down around 220 have been noted as having exceptional edge retention and cutting power but it all depends on the task. There is not much use for a 100,000 grit edge on a knife your going to be banging on a cutting board but something around 5k-8k is still plenty sharp and will hold up to the abuses of cutting.


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 Post subject: Re: whats your sharpening progression?
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AWESOME <> 5-8K = 5,000-8,000 :geek:



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Melampus wrote:AWESOME <> 5-8K = 5,000-8,000 :geek:



Yeah, I might be a bit off when it comes to kitchen knives.
My experience in sharpening comes mainly from straight razors and I would not want to shave off a 5-8K stone.


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