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Suggestions for adding to my stone set.

Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:19 pm

Hi Mark,
I am new to sharpening and have been following your videos. I have the King stone (250/1000 grit) as a starter and wanted to get some stones that leave a near mirror finish for my kitchen knives.

Can you give me a little insight on how the shapton glass stones compared to the Bester stones? I am lazy, so the splash and go sounds ideal for the price. what are some pros and cons between the 2 brands? What do you suggest?

Thanks,
Jesse

Re: Suggestions for adding to my stone set.

Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:22 pm

Hi Jesse,

Try adding some shapton glass stones to your 2 stones. I would suggest a 2K, 4K and 8K. That will give you a near mirror finish. The shaptons are quick and easy to use and they're consistent and will give you a good finish on your edges.

Re: Suggestions for adding to my stone set.

Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:16 pm

Shapton glass stones cut much faster than any bester (or any other stone for that matter) I've tried and are splash and go. they are thinner stones, but I haven't really gotton close to wearing one out.
8k glass will give you a nice mirror. What knives are you sharpening?

Re: Suggestions for adding to my stone set.

Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:07 pm

I found that the Shapton Glass stones didn't have as good of feedback as I like when sharpening. Otherwise, they peformed great. Yes, they do cut fast.

Re: Suggestions for adding to my stone set.

Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:59 pm

Hey Guys, thanks for your input.

I was planning on skipping the 2K stone and getting 4k and 8k... and more down the road. Since I have a 1k, a 2k didn't seem necessary from what I gather on all other post on this forum. I know i'll probably just have to work longer on the 4k.

I went with the commercialized knives and ended with Shun classic, Shun Ken Onion, Shun Kramer, Miyabi Morimoto Fushion, and Miyabi Birchwood. All VG10 or SG2, rockwell 60-66. I haven't made the jump to sharpen these yet until i can get a little better, I just hone for now. I've been practicing on my knives from Ross and seem to be getting better results although I need to be more consistent with keeping the angle.
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