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Waterstones. I'm lost

Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:20 pm

Hello everyone,

I currently own a wicked edge, sharp maker , and a cheap Home Depot tri hone oil sharpener.

4 weeks I have been trying to decide which waterstones to get to best serve my needs?

My freehand sharpening skills are amateur at best. Never used waterstones, but found myself with a burning desire to learn this art.

I have researched, and watched videos for hours, days, and weeks now, just to find myself more confused on where to start.

I'm looking to spend in the $250 range for everything. Stones, holder, flattener.

Kitchen knives,fixed blades,and folding knives consisting of various steels like VG10, super blue, s30v. I was really leaning toward shapton pro, or glass. With a 140 diamond plate. Which grits, I'm not to sure of.

I'm sure this is asked on a daily basis here, I do appreciate your suggestions and patients.


Re: Waterstones. I'm lost

Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:34 pm

If your looking at shaptons, I would gab the 320/1k/5k pro set and the strop set w/ holder and diamond plate.


That should run you $237 and give you just about everything you need to keep your knives sharp as hell.

Re: Waterstones. I'm lost

Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:42 pm

B.B.C. Thanks, I was looking at shaptons because of the info I gathered was these stones are best suited for these steels. That was my main concern.

I'm open to any other suggestions as well

Re: Waterstones. I'm lost

Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:58 pm

+1 on B.B.C.'s recommendation. That's a great, versatile set of stones and accessories. It's enough to keep you busy and learning for quite a while.

Re: Waterstones. I'm lost

Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:04 pm

I was overlooking the strop with universal holder and plate. I already had the shaptons 320,1000,5000
A holder and the 140 plate in my cart. Definitely worth couple extra bucks for the strops.
Good find.

Re: Waterstones. I'm lost

Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:26 am

Hope you followed through with the purchase, that's a great start for a sharpening set up.

Re: Waterstones. I'm lost

Sat Feb 15, 2014 1:38 am

Yup, great setup with S30V in there!

Re: Waterstones. I'm lost

Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:42 am

I just order the shapton pros with holder, strops, 140 grit plate. Great buy, next is some kitchen knives.
Thanks for your help, I feel much better about this now

Re: Waterstones. I'm lost

Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:56 pm

Everything came today. :D I need a lot of practice. Sharpened a cheap chefs knife, stones are excellent it's the guy using them that needs practice. I'm having fun. I need to keep my angle straighter, and the tip of the knives are a bit tricky. It's funny, I'm right handed, and when I sharpen on the right side it's worse than the left. It may be because I fractured my right wrist twice, impedes my holding ability. Thank's to everyone, and CKTG. I tried to put Picts, but it's saying there's to many pixels using my I pad.

Re: Waterstones. I'm lost

Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:09 pm

Enjoy your new kit! Practice + patience + attention to detail and feedback = progress. Yes, the curve toward the tip and the tip itself takes some skill and technique that you'll acquire as you learn.
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