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Stepping up to REAL stones

Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:06 am

I have sharpened for years with cheap stones but feel my growing collection of better knifes deserve more. Looking at this set http://www.chefknivestogo.com/3pcstoneset.html but to I need to plan to strop too? I have a MAC ceramic rod I have used in the past and all of my knives are fine so far. I do have a CCK cleaver I would like to step the edge up on. Hoping to just buy once!



Re: Stepping up to REAL stones

Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:42 am

You don't need to buy a strop, no.

I don't find a strop useful unless I'm sharpening upto my Naniwa 10k SS and even then I rarely use them. Most strops use very fine compounds that simply won't do much good after a Suehiro Rika. Will they help at all, sure....but IMHO they are most beneficial after a finer stone than the Rika.

If you're stropping to remove burrs, you can do so on newspaper.

Re: Stepping up to REAL stones

Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:09 am

So I should be good with the five piece set. Anything else you would recommend?

Re: Stepping up to REAL stones

Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:37 pm

Something to flatten the stone's with.


You can use wet/dry sandpaper on a piece of glass too, but the DMT plate is so nice to have.

A stone holder is nice to have:


or a sink bridge in lieu of the stone holder:


That bridge changed my sharpening life. I love it. In fact, looking at that product page, the second video is mine. :)

Re: Stepping up to REAL stones

Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:38 pm

Ooops, I hit submit too early.

A Sharpie is nice....Sharpie trick is priceless.

Other than that...patience! :)

Re: Stepping up to REAL stones

Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:40 pm

Well I have been sharpening on good stones myself for a couple of months now, so I know I have a lot to learn. But my technique is getting better all the time. So with that I have to say that I love the balsa wood strop with the 1. diamond spray. Just a few light strops on the cutting edge and my knives are significantly sharper. I have the nice holder, but I think you could get by just with the balsa wood on a non-slip surface for way less money.

Re: Stepping up to REAL stones

Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:03 am

What kind of stone sharpening you are using case, as I get interest with your experience.

Re: Stepping up to REAL stones

Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:47 pm

I use a half dozen muddy water stones ranging from 150 grit to 5000 grit. The coarser stones are only for abused and really dull knives which I seem to get a lot. My finest stone is a Ozuku Asagi, but I don't use it on most knives. I usually finish by stropping on the 5000 (Suehiro Rica) grit stone, and then strop on balsa wood only a few strokes and only right on the cutting edge.
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