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 Post subject: Care and storage of stones
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:14 pm 
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Location: Maui, Hawaii
I purchased an 8 piece set from CKTG.
It comprised of Beston 500, Bester 1.2K and Suhiro Rika 5K
What are your thoughts on the stones?
I have just noticed that the boxes are starting to mould.
I'm assuming I have not dried them out enough before boxing.
How and where do you store stones?
What special care should I give them?
I'm a complete newbie at this so thanks for any advise on this.
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 Post subject: Re: Care and storage of stones
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:32 pm 
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Those are very thirsty stones you have and would take several days to a week to dry out completely if you wanted to store them in the boxes. Most who use those stones "permasoak" them, leaving them in a bucket of water 24/7.



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 Post subject: Re: Care and storage of stones
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:42 pm 
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Thanks Jeff.
Oh...so they are not splash and go stones?
Really don't want to have to leave them soak 24/7.
Do you regard them as good stones for a beginner?


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 Post subject: Re: Care and storage of stones
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:47 pm 
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Maui - if you don't want to perma soak, I took a cue from Melampus and let mine dry on a cooling rack in a half sheet pan. Once they're dry I store them in a plastic storage tub. Don't let them sit in direct sunlight, or in a high heat area.

BTW, those are great stones and are fine for a beginner. They're not super hard, so you'll need to develop consistent technique and be careful when sharpening so as not to gouge the stones, but you'll figure that out as you learn. It's not that big of a deal.


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 Post subject: Re: Care and storage of stones
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Can't speak to those stone specifically, but I do have/have had stones that need soaking. I would usually soak for ~10 minutes before sharpening, then towel off lightly, set on my stove top overnight to air dry, then store in an open tupperware with shelf liner between the stones to allow airflow and prevent any shocks when moving them. Haven't had a problem yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Care and storage of stones
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:02 pm 
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Those are good stones you have but none of them are splash-n-go. If you don't want to permasoak them then throw away the boxes and do like Steve mentioned. Let them dry over night and then store them in an OPEN plastic tub.



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 Post subject: Re: Care and storage of stones
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:00 am 

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I dry my soakers overnight on a half pan rack as well. Good kitchen tricks are universal. I store them in a small wine rack I picked up for a song to save some space.

The only stone boxes I own that have lasted are a Shapton Pro case and my Green Brick's box. I had one box start to mold, as well, which prompted me to be much more thorough drying and storing them.


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