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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening Saji R-2 Custom Damscus Gyuto 240mm
PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:06 am 

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Well, I have already purchased Shapton 1k/5k/8k yesterday...I will let you all know how they do on cheap 56Hrc knifes soon :)


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening Saji R-2 Custom Damscus Gyuto 240mm
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:08 pm 

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So the stones arrived today. Now after initial sharpening of the cheapo Stellar Sabatier Hrc 48-52 kn knifes i am scared to touch my Gyuto with those stones. Nice thing to note, using 1k/5k on a cheap knife will not get it to the factory sharpness level of my R2 knife....not even close to it. It is like comparing a fast sports car to a tractor. I will continue to practise on my cheapo knifes, but after reading and watching a lot of youtube vids, i do not think using 5k stone on a cheapo knife will do anything, the knife seems not to "handle it". I feel 1k stone it its limit :)

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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening Saji R-2 Custom Damscus Gyuto 240mm
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:51 pm 
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The lower quality steel in those types of knives often will just not handle the refinement from higher grit stones. 1K or 2K is a common stopping point for these as you're discovering.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening Saji R-2 Custom Damscus Gyuto 240mm
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:42 pm 
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1k is too low of a limit. A 2k or 3k stone will work fine. Also the 5k will give you a sharper edge but it may not hold it. But you can create it.

In comparing results don't forget that the overall geometry of the Japanese knife is significantly thinner. Given some use on the Sab, you might want to thin the edge too and here your coarser stones are essential. Also you may find that a more obtuse angle will work best if the steel doesn't hold an edge well. Oddly these two pieces of advise aren't contradictory. You can thin behind the more obtuse microbevel.

I think you are seeing why I recommend a 2k stone so often :)


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