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search for a set of sharpening stones

Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:35 pm

Hi Mark,

Hope you are well.

I am in search for a set of sharpening stones (coarse and mid grid), i have a VG 10, a G3 and the others not quite sure abt the steel. I have used the superstones in the past and i would like to try something a lil harder and dont dish too easily.

What is the advantage of having natural stones over synthetic stones?

I have also purchased a lapping plate from you and i was wondering how should i clean it.

Sometimes at work i wanted to touch up on the edge and i used sharpening steel most of the time, ive been told it's not really Japanese knives friendly, i have heard about stropping system too but it seems like i have to use the spray and couple other things...is there any other ways to do a quick touch up without going thru the hassle. i dont always have lots of time to sharpen knives at work so a quick minute or two would be great

Thank you Mark.


Re: search for a set of sharpening stones

Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:42 pm

The shapton glass stones are hard and slow wearing. If you are using them at work they are also easy to carry and splash and go so they are ideal for this purpose.

As for cleaning a lapping plate just rinse it off after you are done with water and then dry it with a paper towel and let it air dry to finish.

Re: search for a set of sharpening stones

Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:41 am

Thank you for your reply.

I do have a set of glassstone but I thought I would save it till I get better at sharpening skill :)
Would you please recommend a set of 2 stones (coarse and medium grid) please.
I was tossing between the sharpton pro series and nubatama stones. Can you tell me the pro and cons of those and which one should I get please.
I had the superstones and I think I didnt really enjoy it and I wanted to try something different. It didnt seem to cut especially with the vg10, I could not get the burr as easy as the g3 knife.
What do you think about natual stones?

Thank you vey much.

Re: search for a set of sharpening stones

Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:46 am

If you have the Shapton glass already the Shapton Pro series isn't going to give you a different feel. I'm not a big fan of the Pro series stones I have. Good stones no doubt but just not my cup of tea. Probably more along the lines of the superstones you had. I'd give the Nubatamas a try. Thats what I'm going with next as far as synthetics. Can't really comment on the JNATs. I only have Arkansas stones.

Re: search for a set of sharpening stones

Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:23 pm

Natural stones are a whole beast unto itself. They have advantages....the only real disadvantage is finding one you like that works well and is within your budget. Since they're "natural" they vary drastically and buying from someone who knows them well is highly important. You're as liable to buy a brick as a great stone from a bad store.

Which lapping plate did you buy? It should just be a rinse and dry.

You can strop on your highest grit stone. You can also strop on a bare leather strop. Adding compounds helps, but isn't absolutely necessary. But, you add the compound, let it dry, then strop. So you're not actually having to spray a compound on right before use.

As for new stone's....I'm baffled by this one. I would just use the GlassStone's you already have. Unless you're really mean to them, they'll get you through learning to use them.

Re: search for a set of sharpening stones

Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:09 pm

I'm with Adam on the use of the Glass Stones you have -- They do a great job, are pretty hard and, unless abused (like dropped on something hard to the point of breaking them), are pretty difficult to muck up.

Re: search for a set of sharpening stones

Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:46 pm

Thank you all for your reply. The glassstones do have a speacial meaning to me so i dont want to use it just yet ;). That's why i'd like to have another set of stones.

Thank you guys for your in put.

Re: search for a set of sharpening stones

Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:15 am

As a newbie to sharpening myself I can say that you have to just dive right in. Do your research on different techniques and find what suits you best. I always thought in the beginning that I would wreck my high dollar knives sharpening them myself but this is not the case if you take your time and pay special attention to what is going on with the edge. Look for over grind and areas of the blade you might not be hitting as much as others, especially the heel and the tip. Pay attention to the finer details and your skills will progress with time.
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