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 Post subject: Diamond Steel or Ceramnic Rod for a Kohetsu HAP40?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:40 pm 

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Should I purchase a diamond steel or do you recommend a ceramic rod for my Kohetsu HAP40? I also have a bunch of German knives as well in my collection and want to have a rod for a all of them. Thanx guys


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Steel or Ceramnic Rod for a Kohetsu HAP40?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:50 pm 
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STAR <> Ceramic w/o doubt nor question. The Idahone fine <--link is available in 10" & 12". This ceramic will offer about a 1200 grit finish, whereas the diamond will cut steel much more aggressively and leave a toothier edge.



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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Steel or Ceramnic Rod for a Kohetsu HAP40?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:10 pm 
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Definitely the Idahone and the 12" is more versatile for 10+" knives. It works very well on German steel.



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 Post subject: Re: Diamond Steel or Ceramnic Rod for a Kohetsu HAP40?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:07 am 

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A very experienced user can work wonders with a diamond rod; however, someone still experienced can ruin an edge with diamond very quickly. Gentle strokes with ceramic touch up an edge beautifully, but they still have more of a learning curve than, say, soft steel with an aggressive metal hone. Diamond steels have no forgiveness and quickly leave a whole lotta teeth, (not a bad thing) ceramics barely cut while they realign.

On a separate note, a bare leather strop or even a loaded one works better for some people. Personally, I'd go ceramic, much easier to use between tickets and the sound can be soothing if you just got your butt kicked.

If you do go ceramic, think less is more, especially on hard steel like hap40.


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