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Stone Question/Recommendation

Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:57 pm

I am new to freehand sharpening (have experience with the Edge Pro) and recently purchased Shapton Glass stones in 320/1k/4k (thanks Mark!). I have been learning/practicing with a various kitchen and folding knives. I'm getting pretty decent results so far (at least to me) - able to slice/push cut phone book paper, shave hair. I have not had a chance to use any of the knives to any meaningful extent so not sure how the edges will hold up overtime. Of course I am now giving thought to getting a higher grit stone to continue the learning experience. I would appreciate some feedback on whether getting a finer stone makes sense at this stage, and if so, which stone(s) should I consider. I'm not sure whether it would be best to stick with the Shapton Glass stones and/or whether there would be any down/upside going in another direction. The positive remarks about stones such as the Arashiyama 6k, Kitayama 8k, and the Nubatama Bamboo 6 and 8K have me thinking about incorporating some variety. Using the stones to sharpen a variety of steel such as AEB-L, m390, VG-10, M4, s30v and at some point will likely venture into getting some carbon knives from Mark to add to what i've accumulated so far. Thanks for any thoughts/suggestions.

Re: Stone Question/Recommendation

Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:22 pm

Most people have different brands of stones....I don't have two stones of the same brand I don't believe.

However, I would recommend against a 6,000 grit stone with what you currently have. The general rule is to double the grit.....so an 8,000 grit would be next....but you can easily jump to most 10,000 grit stones as well.

Would also recommend a stone between your current 1k and 4k....will make the transition easier.

Re: Stone Question/Recommendation

Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:52 pm

Yes to what Adam just said. after the 3 stones you have an 8K would be a logical next stone or a 2K or both. You can keep adding to the shapton glass stones. Just don't use the glass side like Adam first did years ago. :)

Re: Stone Question/Recommendation

Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:49 pm

Stick with the stones you have now, switching brands can cause problems in the progression if you don't know what your picking.

Re: Stone Question/Recommendation

Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:28 am

Another vote for 8k. If not Shapton, go for the Naniwa 8k Snow white.

Re: Stone Question/Recommendation

Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:16 pm

OMG Mark!!!! I can't believe you remember that. Talk about embarassing.

Re: Stone Question/Recommendation

Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:04 pm

Adam, everybody knows :D
Mark is just not so nice to keep it for himself :D

Re: Stone Question/Recommendation

Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:02 pm

Hey, they're called "GLASS" stones....it's not too far of a stretch to think that's the side you sharpen on.....is it? :o
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