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Re: Would like to build a FREEHAND Stone Set

Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:24 am

When you are learning to freehand sharpen, you only need three stones - a coarse (400-500); a medium (1000-2000) and a fine (5000-6000). This one set of stones will serve to sharpen any knife you currently own or are likely to buy in the future. If you add more stones while you are learning, all you are doing is providing more opportunities to mess up.

You need one diamond plate to flatten your stones - choose from either the Atoma 140 or the DMT D8XX. There is no need to add a finer diamond plate for flattening.

Until you are skilled, please don't attempt to create a new bevel with the diamond plate. There is a saying about how you can't put steel back on the knife.

The most often recommended set of three stones is the Beston 500, the Bester 1200, and the Suehiro Rika 5000. They are recommended not only because they are very good stones at a very good price but also because they provide good sensory feedback while you are using them. Other stones, such as the Naniwa Superstones you have, don't provide good feedback, at least in my opinion. Perhaps this is why you don't care for yours?

If you decide not to go with the Beston/Bester/Rika set, realize there is no advantage to selecting all your stones from the same manufacturer, unless you just happen to like the idea.

Re: Would like to build a FREEHAND Stone Set

Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:39 am

Beston 500, shapton pro 2k, rika 5, or (gesshin 4 if using stainless), and kityama or black arky if I am feeling nostalgic.

Re: Would like to build a FREEHAND Stone Set

Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:15 am

Leaning towards...

Shapton Glass 500
Shapton Pro 1K
Shapton Pro 2K
Suehiro Rika 5K
Naniwa Snow White 8K

Re: Would like to build a FREEHAND Stone Set

Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:05 pm

Wouldn't be a bad progression at all.

Now, pull the trigger and stop second guessing yourself. :)

Re: Would like to build a FREEHAND Stone Set

Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:53 am

I've tried a lot of Nubatama stones and I like them. Some need soaking, but unless you really need to hurry this doesn't matter.
If it were me, I'd get a Shapton Pro set and be done with it because that's what offers me the best results in the shortest time span. Then again I really like the feedback of the Nubatama stones.

I think your progression is nice and I use a 1,2,5 k progression myself (with the nubatama bamboo 5k). Snow White is perfect for me after the 5k Bamboo.

Re: Would like to build a FREEHAND Stone Set

Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:33 pm

Thanks everyone!

Pulled the trigger on...

Shapton Glass 500
Shapton Pro 1K
Shapton Pro 2K
Suehiro Rika 5K
Naniwa Snow White 8K

Happy Sharpening!

Re: Would like to build a FREEHAND Stone Set

Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:02 pm

Got my stones today - on Christmas Eve!

Mark and Santa rock!
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