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 Post subject: Which Shaptons?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:37 pm 
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Hello,
I've been sharpening with the Spyderco Sharpmaker for about a year and want to start using freehand sharpening methods. After a bit of research, I'm liking the Shapton stones as they are splash and go and have great reviews. I'm just curious of which 3 I should go with. Here are the two setups I'm considering

1) The 3 stone combo 500/1000/6000
2) A 320 and the 2 stone combo 1000/4000

Any recommendations on which to choose? I have knives made from Elmax, VG10, 154CM, carbon steel and various other stainless varieties. I don't have a leather strop at the moment but I'm thinking of getting one if that helps with the choice. Thanks!



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 Post subject: Re: Which Shaptons?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:58 pm 

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Out of those two I would go with the 500/1000/6000 set. Shaptons are supposed to remove metal very quickly so a stone under 500 may not be needed unless you actually have to reshape a blade, like a tip was broken off. Add a flattening plate to that and now you have a way to keep the stones flat and reshape a blade in case the worst does happen.

Inexpensive flattening plate: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/140grdistflp.html

Better quality plate (DMT): http://www.chefknivestogo.com/dmtextracoarse.html

Probably the best quality plate (Atoma): http://www.chefknivestogo.com/at14dipl.html

You're paying for quality of the plates, regularity of scratch patterns, and overall flatness pretty much but all will work for flattening regardless.


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 Post subject: Re: Which Shaptons?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:36 pm 
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+1 on the 500/1000/6000 combo.

You'll need a good stone holder as well. Get this plate/holder combo: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/xxcdiplandun.html. They work great.

Or for $10 more (almost a no brainer) get this set which includes a couple of strop bases: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/stsetwiunhob.html.

If you get the above set w/strops add this diamond spray and you're all set for almost any knife sharpening task: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/1midisp10cah.html.


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 Post subject: Re: Which Shaptons?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:32 pm 
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Don't mean to be the fly in the ointment but I'd go 320/1000/4000. Personally prefer the 320 simply because it is faster than the 500, sets a bevel faster, works slightly better for chips and minor repair work. Believe the 1-4k combo is less work for polishing and few knives need to go over 4k. If you want a higher polish an 8k of your choice is the perfect jump for an add-on and a very popular finish point with many for carbons.
Like the stone holder, plate, strop combo Steve posted.

As you can see, there is a lot of personal preference that goes into these decisions. Nobody is right or wrong, it's about what your looking for.



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 Post subject: Re: Which Shaptons?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:10 pm 
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There's a slight price break on the put together sets and for that reason only I would recommend the 500/1K/4K

If that is not an issue I agree that the 320 is a good alternative to the 500 since it really grinds fast and is a time saver.



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 Post subject: Re: Which Shaptons?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:15 pm 
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If you want to go the 320/1000/4000 route, you might consider this Shapton 6 piece package: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/sh6pcstset.html. Then add the 320 Shapton Glass a la carte: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/shaptonglass1.html.

You could add the strops later as an option.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:32 pm 
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SteveG wrote:If you want to go the 320/1000/4000 route, you might consider this Shapton 6 piece package: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/sh6pcstset.html. Then add the 320 Shapton Glass a la carte: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/shaptonglass1.html.

You could add the strops later as an option.


That's a good option.



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 Post subject: Re: Which Shaptons?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:28 am 
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Eh if your only getting three get the...

500 , 2k and 8k on the glass.
320 , 1500 and 5k on the pro.

The best option is to get all of them :)



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