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How To Recommend Sharpening Stones For A Beginner (Or Anyone Else)

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How To Recommend Sharpening Stones For A Beginner (Or Anyone Else)
March 22, 2018 10:18AM
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There is a lot of information, some misinformation, and a lot of opinions that contradict each other.

I would start by classifying the stones into:
1. Gross Material Removal
2. Shaping
3. Preparing The Apex
4. Apexing

Then select stones that can either cut selected steels or all steels. I think this is often emphasized more than needed, as most stones will cut most steels.

Price is another factor. For a cheap setup that can cut most steels, I would select a XC Scythe Stone/Combo Crystolon or India, a King 1k, and for finishing (polished edge) either a pocket Soft/Black/Translucent Arkansas , Spyderco M/F/UF Triangle Rod, DMT EF,EEF, and for a coarse edge, Fine India, C/F DMT.

For a fixed angle setup, the DMT Aligner, the Lansky or Gatco clamp systems if you are on a budget. If you have a little more money to spend, the Spyderco Sharpmaker with CBN or Diamond rods, Edge Pro Apex, KME, or Wicked Edge would be a good choice.

"Gotta love living in 2019 baby, (63rc too soft on a production knife)"
--Shawn Houston

"I am still discussing issues of steels and performance at this stage."
--Cliff Stamp

"Cause geometry cuts, .....steel determines the level and the duration"
--Roman Landes

"But in general, I'm all about high performance, Ergos, safety. That's why I've been accused of 'designing in the dark' "
--Sal Glesser
Re: How To Recommend Sharpening Stones For A Beginner (Or Anyone Else)
March 22, 2018 12:05PM
I recently I found norton medium india/soft arkansas 8x2x3/4 inch combo stone for 50$ - lifetime of sharpness for any household.

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Re: How To Recommend Sharpening Stones For A Beginner (Or Anyone Else)
March 22, 2018 03:39PM
stefan_wolf,
I actually have a vintage Norton India/Soft Arkansas combination stone, along with a vintage Norton India/Washita combo stone, both I find almost ideal for household and kitchen use. The Norton stone made for knifemaker Wanye Goddard is also an interesting combination stone, M Crystolon and Fine India.

"Gotta love living in 2019 baby, (63rc too soft on a production knife)"
--Shawn Houston

"I am still discussing issues of steels and performance at this stage."
--Cliff Stamp

"Cause geometry cuts, .....steel determines the level and the duration"
--Roman Landes

"But in general, I'm all about high performance, Ergos, safety. That's why I've been accused of 'designing in the dark' "
--Sal Glesser
Re: How To Recommend Sharpening Stones For A Beginner (Or Anyone Else)
March 23, 2018 10:29AM
something I have seen on another forum is recommending stones finer than 1000 grit for beginners. maybe the idea is a stone that fine can do no damage.
for a beginner i recommend an 8"x2" Norton coarse/fine, crystolon or india, whichever is cheaper that day.
and yes, the thread has lots of bad info. I also noticed no one recommended different brands that thread started listed.

scott
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/23/2018 10:34AM by oldsailorsknives.
Re: How To Recommend Sharpening Stones For A Beginner (Or Anyone Else)
March 25, 2018 01:56PM
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I think it would be better to just get a King 1k/6k.

"Gotta love living in 2019 baby, (63rc too soft on a production knife)"
--Shawn Houston

"I am still discussing issues of steels and performance at this stage."
--Cliff Stamp

"Cause geometry cuts, .....steel determines the level and the duration"
--Roman Landes

"But in general, I'm all about high performance, Ergos, safety. That's why I've been accused of 'designing in the dark' "
--Sal Glesser
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