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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening edge pro or free hand?
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 4:49 am 

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A challenge! I consider this an affront to our unwritten (prior to now) motto.

Chef Knives to Go: There's no budget we can't break!

Seriously, though, my sister has the purse bug and you're saving boatloads. Sometimes I'm amazed at how expensive my hobbies are, but I occasionally hear the service staff at work talking about how they blow their money... I'm an absolute miser.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening edge pro or free hand?
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 7:38 am 

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This is an excellent setup.

Beston 500
Bester 1.2K
Suhiro Rika 5K
20X Pocket Magnifier
Rock Hard Deburring Block

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

Add an Atoma 140 for stone flattening and you're good to go.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening edge pro or free hand?
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 11:18 am 
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I really like the Shapton Pro 1.5K stone and I LOVE the Suehiro Rika 5K - it's my favorite stone. It cuts fast, dishes pretty slowly for a bit softer stone, and is just silky smooth to use. These would make a great combo. If you need a more coarse stone for working on dull knives, the Shapton Glass 500 is very pleasurable to use for a lower grit stone.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening edge pro or free hand?
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 12:36 pm 

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+2 on the 5 PC beginner set up (500, 1.2k, 5k). This is what I started with and still use. What I liked about this set up for a beginner is each stone provided good feedback. As I practiced I was really able to look to the stone to give me an idea of what was going on. I'm sure all the other stones are excellent, I just found this set up to be priced right while providing excellent results.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening edge pro or free hand?
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 12:47 pm 

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"I bought my fiancée 3 George, Gina & Lucy purses for Christmas. I wish to get her a good orange wallet for her birthday. Any suggestions under $250? Better reply via PM or we're gonna make some enemies."

Tall Dark and Swarthy--replied via pm! You are right. I can afford a few sharpening stones but I cannot afford CKTG enemies!


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening edge pro or free hand?
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 12:57 pm 

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Mano, SteveG and Chrismit29--all my thanks. I did not expect to many votes for the kit some of you are mentioning. Last night I just decided to jump in and start my collection. I did buy the Shapton Glass 1k and, thanks to many of you, the Suehiro Rika 5k. SteveG, I am thrilled to hear it is your favorite stone. Got a loupe (my poor eyes). Next Amex billing cycle I will add a lapping plate.

The big next category will be something for stropping. For years I used a basic honing steel, but from what I am reading here it seems that changing from a steel to a stropping setup for maintenance as well as finishing could be smart. I will take all ideas, with gratitude.

Oh...and cedarhouse wrote..."I suddenly feel a bit better about my vices :mrgreen:" No one told me I needed vices to sharpen effectively. Off to search the threads for better info on vices. No one told me!

Joke!


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