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 Post subject: Which stones/honing rods to get...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:59 pm 

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I'm going to take the plunge and pick myself up a Kohetsu 240mm... I'm a novice at sharpening but definitely want to learn... so I'm looking for some suggestions on some good stones/rods to get (do I need a honing rod?).

My original budget was $250... the knife itself is $170 so I'd like to keep it $100 or under if possible... if not, I understand so please some your recommendations ;)

Thanks,
Blake


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 Post subject: Re: Which stones/honing rods to get...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:11 pm 
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Blake - one option is this:

Stone: Imanishi 1k/6k combo stone: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/imtwosi1kst.html

Holder/flattening plate: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/xxcdiplandun.html.

This will be about $100. You need a flattening plate to keep the stone flat from the material removed after sharpening sessions. The holder is really nice as well.

If you get this set of items, you can use the 6K side of the Imanishi stone dry (or wet - better) to strop your knife with edge trailing strokes to maintain your edge instead of the ceramic hone I mentioned in your other post. Stropping is actually easier on your edges than a hone (at least the way most people use a hone :-)).

If you'll be practicing on dull knives, you might want to add a coarse stone to make cutting new bevels easier. That could come later though, if you want to get started now, and save more money before getting that component.

Coarse stone options:

Latte 400: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/la400grst.html.

Shapton Pro 350: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/shaptonpro320x.html

Shapton Glass 350: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/shaptonglass1.html

Nubatama Bamboo 150: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/nuba150grwa.html


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 Post subject: Re: Which stones/honing rods to get...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:23 pm 

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Mind giving me a rundown on stropping? Not seen it done much on a stone before (usually leather).


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 Post subject: Re: Which stones/honing rods to get...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:35 pm 
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You just do it the same way as on leather. You're just using a high grit stone as your stropping medium instead of leather, balsa, etc.

The video on this product page is good: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/choxd4oz.html.

Also, last video in bottom right corner. Stropping on a stone: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/vitu.html.


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 Post subject: Re: Which stones/honing rods to get...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:41 pm 

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Just remember when stropping with anything, be it stone, leather, balsa, newspaper, whatever, to keep the pressure light.


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 Post subject: Re: Which stones/honing rods to get...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:47 pm 

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Okay, thanks guys.

Just sent in my order for the stone/holder you suggested as well as the 240mm Kohetsu.


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 Post subject: Re: Which stones/honing rods to get...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:55 pm 
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Fantastic! I look forward to hearing your feedback.


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