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mano
11-20-2011, 10:35 AM
Are my shapton glass stones suitable for the Wusthoff and Costco knives my wife uses? I usually sharpen them with Arkansas stones, which I'd be glad to clear out if they're redundant.

Eamon Burke
11-20-2011, 10:52 AM
Rough ones. Over 500x grit is a waste of time, just finish them on a hone.

I find that even a 500x glassstone puts an edge polish on it that the knives won't keep long, but it cleans up the edge nicely, and then a run on whatever hone they will usually be subjected to will usually do it.

Lefty
11-20-2011, 11:47 AM
I agree with Eamon. A highly refined edge on a soft steel won't last, and for some reason just doesn't feel right. I, personally enjoy using my old Henckels chef knife with an edge from a ceramic hone (1.2k).

K-Fed
11-20-2011, 12:41 PM
I agree with Eamon. A highly refined edge on a soft steel won't last, and for some reason just doesn't feel right. I, personally enjoy using my old Henckels chef knife with an edge from a ceramic hone (1.2k).

+1 I stop at 1.2k bester on the one wuesthoff that i've got left and it works just fine.

GlassEye
11-20-2011, 03:49 PM
I have been taking the Wusthoffs up to 1k Chosera, works pretty well. I wouldn't go any finer for these this steel.

tk59
11-20-2011, 07:11 PM
I agree. I usually leave a 400-1k edge on these. The problem will be cleaning-up burrs. Good luck with that.

JohnnyChance
11-20-2011, 07:45 PM
i have to sharpen a wustof for a coworker today. probably just take it to 1200.

Andrew H
11-20-2011, 10:37 PM
I agree. I usually leave a 400-1k edge on these. The problem will be cleaning-up burrs. Good luck with that.

Beston 500, Bester 1.2k. +1 to what Tk said on burrs.

memorael
11-21-2011, 02:22 AM
I actually kinda like taking these to a belgian blue hone and get a decent edge for about a day of home cooking.

tk59
11-21-2011, 10:44 AM
I actually kinda like taking these to a belgian blue hone and get a decent edge for about a day of home cooking.Depends on how much refinement is done, what she's cutting and if she knows how to use a steel. A few swipes on the steel and she'll have an instant 500 edge anyway.