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 Post subject: Stones for my edge pro
PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:58 pm 
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Hello,

I recently received an EdgePro Apex from a relative, but they couldn't find the stones that came with it. I'd like to replace the stones, but I'm not sure of the best place to start. I will primarily be sharpening a carbon steel Sabatier chef's knife and a Forschner paring knife. I have aspirations of one day buying a Japanese stainless knife, but I'm happy with the knives I have now and would like to get good at sharpening first.

What do you recommend for my current knives? I'd like sharp, functional knives, but I'm not obsessed with sharpness. I think I just want a good basic set that will allow me to keep my knives sharp and be budget friendly. I see that you sell EdgePro replacements, as well as aftermarket stones. What would be a good starter set?

Thanks for your help,
Jeff



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 Post subject: Re: Stones for my edge pro
PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:01 pm 
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Hi Jeff,

I love the shapton glass stones. The wear slowly, are splash and go and cut really well. They're ideal stones for use on your machine. I would recommend you get 3 stones:

500
1K
4K

Now you could do variations on this and it would work equally well. If you do a little more repair work you could tweak it:

320
1K
4K

Or if you want a more refined edge you could go with this:

500
2K
6K

All these combinations will work just fine for you so don't stress out about it.

Have fun!



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 Post subject: Re: Stones for my edge pro
PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:19 pm 

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Jeff,

Whereas many would have used this opportunity to take you to the cleaners, CKtG just showed professional restraint and gave you solid advice. Take it.

And although I have never used the Shapton Glass series, like Goldilocks I find the middle one to be just right. you can always add more to the top end later. CKtG offers no discounts for multiples. Doesn't have to because they're already the cheapest around.

I sound like such a shill, but it's all true.

Cheers,

Rick


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 Post subject: Re: Stones for my edge pro
PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:30 pm 

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Well let me also shill.

I totally agree with Mark's advice. Just pick which scenario sounds most like yours. You can added additional stones as you need or want them. The 500/1000/4000 series worked well for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Stones for my edge pro
PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:19 pm 
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I did the Shapton series as suggested by Mark.
It's awesome.
I have the:
320
500
1k
4k
8k
I love the progression. Probably don't really need the 320, but I have found it useful in digging into some super dull knives and re-profiling.



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 Post subject: Re: Stones for my edge pro
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:50 pm 

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+1 on the glass stones, i like them so much on the EP, im thinking about buying some for the chisels


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 Post subject: Re: Stones for my edge pro
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 7:09 pm 

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I too like the Shapton Glass but I'm also a Nubatama fan especially in the lower grits.
I find that the 120 Nubatama,220 black & pink (pink cuts a little quicker but the black gives a beautiful matte finish) ,then the 1Ks cut more aggressively (read quicker) than the Shaptons.
My technique using very little pressure and letting mud develop gives me fast results with small burr formation. They aren't quick to dish either so I'm happy with them.
I haven't tried the 10K or 15K Nuba's but the 5K,10K & 16K Shapton GS's do give a very nice polish to the edge.


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