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Soaking times and Noob setup

Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:28 am

I just got a Latte 400 and Nubatama 1k medium grit. How long should I soak these before using? Should I keep reapplying water as I go?

Also, it isn't really clear which one is the Latte/Nubatama - I assume the one that feels rougher would be the latte 400...let me know if this isn't necessarily the case.

Also, I forgot to buy the stone holder. What is a good way to set up the stones for use? Can I put them in a shallow steel pan with a wet towel under the stone to keep the stones from moving?

Thanks again!

Re: Soaking times and Noob setup

Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:58 am

You should soak the stones 15-30min. The longer the better.
If you put the stones in a steel pan, the pan will probably slip around on you. I would put the stones on a wet rag/towel directly on the counter for now.
You can use a spray bottle with water to wet the surface of the stone if it starts to dry on you and to rinse off swarf.
Last edited by Jeff B on Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:25 am, edited 1 time in total.

Re: Soaking times and Noob setup

Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:04 am

My Latte 400 is in my PermaSoak bucket with the Rika 5K, Bester 500, Beston 1200 and Synthetic Blue Aoto. Nubatama 1K Medium I usually soak for at least 10-15 minutes before use, if not longer. I have a spray bottle with water nearby and wet down the surface when it starts to get too dry.

Re: Soaking times and Noob setup

Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:46 pm

For a stone holder, I use a bar mat. It doesn't slide around on the counter, your stones won't move and it holds a fair amount of water. It cleans up easy and it's portable.

Re: Soaking times and Noob setup

Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:10 am

That's a great idea.

Re: Soaking times and Noob setup

Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:19 am

Yeah +1 on that. I love all the cool ideas on this site :-).

Re: Soaking times and Noob setup

Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:00 am

The Nubatama stone is the one with kanji on it, the latte has no markings.

The standard rule for soaking stones is to wait until the bubbles stop coming out. You can also check by seeing how fast water gets absorbed when its left to sit or if it dries up when you start sharpening. As you sharpen the stone will naturally dry out. Add more water as needed to keep stone lubed and working properly.

Re: Soaking times and Noob setup

Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:40 am

Thanks all. When you say there is a kanji on the Nubatama, is this on the actual stone or just some writing on the box?

Re: Soaking times and Noob setup

Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:51 am

Check the photo on the product page: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/nubatamaume1k1.html. It's on the end of the stone.
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