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 Post subject: New sharpening stone purchase
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 10:34 pm 
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Hi Mark,

I bought a 8" Shun Ken Onion Chef Knife from you a few months ago. I'm now ready to purchase some sharpening stones and I wonder what you recommend? I need stones that will work well for both my Japanese knife and my German knives (Henckels Professional "S" series). I was thinking of purchasing your 5-Pc. Set, but I'm not sure if this is a good match for my needs. Some folks have told me I should go with at least a 6K stone for my final stone. I am also thinking of buying at least a stone holder, and maybe a sink bridge.

I appreciate any recommendations you may have.


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 Post subject: Re: New sharpening stone purchase
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 10:35 pm 
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Hi Mark,

Yes the 5 pc set is a good one. I also put the same base set together with a holder and flattener and sharpie here:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/knshcoset.html



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 Post subject: Re: New sharpening stone purchase
PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 12:21 am 
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MARK <> Considering what one might extrapolate from you owning those two knives... the Rika is a wonderfully competent finishing stone.



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 Post subject: Re: New sharpening stone purchase
PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 1:52 am 
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The 5k Rika will be more than enough for what you have.



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 Post subject: Re: New sharpening stone purchase
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 1:35 pm 
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Most knives, Shun's included have about a 1,000 grit edge when new. A Rika will get them a lot sharper than new, so it's more than enough stone if that would work for you.

Probably 98% of people who have a 6,000 grit stone can't use it to it's full ability.



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 Post subject: Re: New sharpening stone purchase
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 5:26 pm 

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Probably 98% of people who have a 6,000 grit stone can't use it to it's full ability.

Adam, are you saying that 98% of people don't have the knives that can take advantage of the a 6,000 grit stones full capability ?


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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 6:06 pm 
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Well, that too to some extent....but it's not what I meant, no.

I'd reckon that most people don't have the skill to fully take advantage of the grit level a 6,000 grit stone has.

That's not to say that a 6,000 grit stone doesn't provide a benefit to those same people....I believe it does.



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Understood, thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: New sharpening stone purchase
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 6:12 pm 
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p.s. To be completely honest, I'm not even sure I have the skill. I still think I can improve upon the edge I get from a Rika, and I KNOW I can improve the edge I can get from my Naniwa 10k SS. As much as anything, when at these grit levels (several times thinner than a human hair) patience is the key. The slightest wobble, the slightest mistake and that "ultimate" edge that stone can provide is gone. Sure, we pass it up and go on the next stone and that next stone makes it sharper....but how sharp could you really get that knife with that previous stone if you were perfect?!?!?!

That's my quest as of late.

At the end of the day, I feel as though I've pretty well conquered the 1,000 grit stones....and now I'm focused on the Rika. :)



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 Post subject: Re: New sharpening stone purchase
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 6:42 pm 

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Adam, to be honest, if anyone else had of made the statement I may have disregarded it but you did make it so forces folks like me, who are obsessed with sharpening to question my skill.

It is an accurate statement in my case, it must be, I just havd never thought of it like that before. It is an exciting prospect though to think that I have only scratched the surface (literally) of my beloved Arishiyama 6k and that in time, perhaps years and 1,000 knives or more, the stone will reveal itself completely and what I think is an "exciting" edge now is just the tip of the iceberg in what lies ahead with more practice and skill.

There is no doubt in my mind that my 6k edge is extremely sharp but there has never been a time when I have looked at it, felt it and thought "yup, I've peaked it, I can't get any better" that will probably never happen but I have at least 25 years of sharpening left in me.

I will continue to say these 4 words at least once a week over those next 25 years:

Sharpening is so cool :)

Thank you friend.


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