It is currently Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:07 pm



Welcome
Welcome to chefknivestogo

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content, and access many other special features. In addition, registered members also see less advertisements. Registration is fast, simple, and absolutely free, so please, join our community today!





 Page 1 of 2 [ 12 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Flattening tips
PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:04 pm 

Joined: Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:29 pm
Posts: 500
I'm sharpening some razors today. Before I started, I went through to flatten all my stones. I finished them with 400 grit wet dry sand paper to remove any scratches and to get them as perfect as possible. I thought I'd share how I do this. I know to many of you this is elementary, but I thought it might be useful info for some.

This is the Snow White stone. First I draw hash marks in a diamond pattern on the face of the stone.
Image
Then I start flattening the stone. After a few laps, I check the progress to see how I am doing.
Image
You can see by the lines where the low spots remain. Keep checking your work and if you need to redraw your lines and clean off the surface a bit to check it is ok. In the last pic you can see it is almost there. Only a few small places near the edges of the stone remain.
Image
This stone was already fairly flat and didn't take much to get it. That is why you don't see the normal wear pattern in the pictures. As it gets flatter, the water wants to wash off the marks as well. That's why I usually dry off the stone and draw the marks a second time to finish up just to make sure I got it. Anyway, that's how I do it. If there's something else you do, by all means post it up. I might learn something else too.


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Flattening tips
PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:47 pm 
Forum Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Wed May 09, 2012 3:59 pm
Posts: 1725
Location: Cape Town - South Africa
Good show, I still mark my stones with pencil prior to flattening.....just so much easier.

One can clearly see when it's done properly.

:)



_________________
PICKLED IN SQUADRON RUM
Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Flattening tips
PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:27 pm 
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:18 pm
Posts: 7773
Location: Madison Wisconsin
P.S. don't use a marker since it will weep into the stone.



_________________
Mark Richmond
Chefknivestogo

Chefknivestogo Blog
Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Flattening tips
PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:32 pm 
Forum Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Wed May 16, 2012 4:42 pm
Posts: 3794
Location: USA... mostly.
I've always used a #2 pencil...



_________________
Embracing the silence amid a life and land full of static...
Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Flattening tips
PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:37 pm 

Joined: Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:29 pm
Posts: 500
I agree a lead pencil works better. Couldn't find one so I used one of the kids colored pencils. I should have taken a picture of my latte. It was dished with the typical pattern.


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Flattening tips
PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:23 pm 

Joined: Thu May 24, 2012 6:20 am
Posts: 2068
Looks like what I do.


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Flattening tips
PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:58 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:17 am
Posts: 4576
I think that's kind of the norm for most people.



_________________
Those who say it can't be done are always passed by those doing it.
Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Flattening tips
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:39 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:44 am
Posts: 1116
Good tips about no marker. That would be unfortunate.

I use a single long X across the stone usually, I flatten most times I sharpen so I don't get much deep dish action.



_________________
Only after Winter comes do we know that the pine and the cypress are the last to fade.
Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Flattening tips
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:26 am 

Joined: Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:21 pm
Posts: 427
Okay I went ahead and doodled on my stones with the #2 pencil...The ones that I used to get low SAT scores with :)

I notice the stones do have a few peaks and valleys but it's certainly not too concave. I tried what Jeff B suggested and sharpen some shorter knives and balance the high and low spots.

I think the Murray Carter video made a pretty good point about using the knife to keep the stone as flat as possible. I've been following the Carter video advice and recently took my Shun pairing and Utlity knife to the stones to flatten them as I sharpen.

Do I really need a diamond plate for flattening stones? Probably...but as a relative newbie to sharpening I am enjoying the technique of using all the stone before taking away more than is necessary to keep flat.


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Flattening tips
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:42 am 
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:14 am
Posts: 604
Location: San Ramon Ca.
[quote="Umberto"
Do I really need a diamond plate for flattening stones?[/quote]

Yes. PM me if need be. I'm pretty close to you.



_________________
Pete in San Ramon
Offline
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
 Page 1 of 2 [ 12 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Jason B. and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  


suspicion-preferred