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Stone for a tight budget

Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:03 pm

Hi Mark,

I'm looking for a sharpening stone that will work with several of my knives and the woman who gave a class on proper knife use and care suggested I ask you for advice on which stone to purchase.

I purchased the Tojiro Shirogami Nakiri 165 mm from chefknivestogo about one year ago. I also have several inexpensive stainless steel knives (Partoku-Chicago Cutlery, paring knife-KitchenAid). I'd like one sharpening stone that would work well for all my knives.

I also am on a tight budget, but do want a good stone.

Do you have one dual stone that you could recommend? Your advice will be very helpful and I look forward to purchasing a stone from you.


Re: Stone for a tight budget

Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:10 pm

That is easy for me. King 800/6k. $44.00

If I recall, isn't this what MC uses in some demos?

Re: Stone for a tight budget

Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:23 pm

I think the Imanishi is wider, which I would like....but it's out of stock ATM:


Your other option is to get just a 1k stone. You can make a knife shaving sharp with just a 1k if you practice enough.

Then, later, you can add a higher grit stone.

Re: Stone for a tight budget

Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:28 pm

I second Adam. I was about to post the same thing. Lol
I have this stone for same reason, budget. It is great. Cuts fast and is easy to use. I have learned on this stone fast. Of course with the help of the forum.

Gary II

Re: Stone for a tight budget

Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:14 pm

I would consider a Shapton Glass 1k. A high quality fast cutting stone. Will give you a very good edge, as good or better than most factory edges, and you can add more stones later.

Re: Stone for a tight budget

Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:03 pm

I went with a king 800/4000 when I got my first stone. However, I would recommend going with Adam on this. While i still use it, My king combo now permanently resides in my trunk with a tosagata bocho as my all time travel kit.

A king combo is $40ish plus shipping. most of the often-recommended stones Are around $50. Saving 10 bucks in the short game will end up costing you that whole $40 dollars when you decide to get a "REAL" stone.

If you save and splurge on, say, any 1000-1200 stone. You will not only not have to replace it, But you will also be very accustomed to your 1000grit (a good stone to be practiced on) before you move on to a higher grit and easier to gouge (often softer) stone
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