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What makes a good sharpening stone?

Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:26 pm

Browsing the different types of stones on your site, I realized some price differences and I assume that they come from the different qualities if the stones. But what does actually make a sharpening stone "good" or "high quality" ?

Re: What makes a good sharpening stone?

Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:24 pm

The perfect stone feels fantastic, cuts super fast, wears super slow, and is splash and go. :)

The difference in the price of stones can be any variation of things. Maker....Shapton's and Naniwa carry somewhat of a premium as they're considered premium stone's. They really deserve it too.

Other things like the ingredients....ceramics versus other abrasives, how thick they are, and simple marketing can affect the price as well.

At the end of the day, almost every stone I've tried worked. Some felt better than others, some cut faster, etc. I found the stone's that best suit me.

Re: What makes a good sharpening stone?

Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:16 pm

Yeah, a good or high quality stone is very subjective to say the least. It depends on the user more than anything. I have found that to be true with traditional western style sharpening and it seems to be even more so when involving water stones. lol

Re: What makes a good sharpening stone?

Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:26 pm

The craftsman describes the perfect stone just as Adam did.

The scientist might stress uniformity of grit size.

The artist would bring naturals into the equation and the ability of the stone to refine its grit or bring out contrast between different metals.

Somebody (Ken?) should devise some sort of Myers Briggs personality chart for stones.

Cheers,

Rick

Re: What makes a good sharpening stone?

Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:47 am

It's really hard to say...

It really depends on what you want and what you are sharpening. Sometime you just want a stone that handles everything pretty well. Sometimes you want a stone that - even if it is for one knife - brings out the qualities of the knife in a unique way. Sometimes it is the pleasure of using the stone, the qualities of the edge it produces or simply the beauty of the stone itself. A stone can be a perfect marriage on one knife and work like crap on another. You might want a muddy stone or a stone that feels like granite. Or just want a little variety.

Maybe a 1 to five scale of smileys - more smileys meaning it makes you smile more when you use it :) :) :) :) :)

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Ken
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