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want to get started sharpening

Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:41 pm

Hello,

I posted in knife recommendations about a gyuto, among others, and was offered some excellent advice. I am looking for a beginner's minimal sharpening kit that will still get my knives extremely sharp. Beside the Goko damascus blade I purchased, I have a wushtof 10" chef's knife that really needs sharpening, and I'm hoping they can both use the same grits.

Will a 1000/6000 stone, a cork, and a holder suffice? The 8 piece kit looks enticing, but I just can't put $230 into it right now.

Re: want to get started sharpening

Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:50 pm

Add a stone holder and you should be good with this set http://www.chefknivestogo.com/4pcshstset.html

Re: want to get started sharpening

Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:35 am

The two sided stone should be tall enough that you don't absolutely need a stone holder to use it. It is probably a good idea to have one, but I usually just set my stone on an old hand towel next to the sink. On an average-height single-sided stone (actually the Arashiyama 1K in that set Jason linked you) I find I have enough hand clearance without using a stone holder (my fingers are fairly slender). The stones are heavy enough I have never found them to slide around.

A 1k/6k stone like the Imanishi should be fine for what you need. Getting the Arashiyama set may be a better long-term investment though. I use a cork for deburring when necessary, but the felt block could be a bonus.

Re: want to get started sharpening

Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:48 am

Another option that was mentioned before(I can't remember whom by) is to use a bar mat. I started doing this when i sharpen at work. It functions great and can catch a decent bit of water too.

And +1 the Arashiyama set. I Quite enjoy mine.

Re: want to get started sharpening

Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:38 am

I got started with the Arashiyame set, it's a great way to get started fairly inexpensively. I still love those stones now.

Re: want to get started sharpening

Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:39 pm

The bar mat suggestion was my post. I'm glad it works for you as well bbc. I turn the stone perpendicular when I am working on the left side so a sink bridge does me no good. I got tired of water all over the counter using a wet towel, or maybe rather my wife got tired of it :). I looked at a bar mat one day and eureka! Problem solved. Like bbc said, it keeps the stone from slipping around and holds quite a bit of water as well.

Re: want to get started sharpening

Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:33 pm

If the knives are just needing a quick strop on the fine grit stone you shouldn't worry too much. I just started bringing my 5k stone to work and it was the best thing I have ever done.

Re: want to get started sharpening

Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:24 am

1K/6K combo stone, $56:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/imtwosi1kst.html

$60 strop set: Base, stone flattener, leather and balsa strops. I often use leather strops to deburr instead of cork.
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/stsetwiunhob.html

Re: want to get started sharpening

Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:41 pm

The Arashiyama set is a great starting point, like others have said, just add the stone holder and you are in business.
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