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taketori
11-24-2011, 09:38 PM
Hello all,

I'm rather new to the world of cooking, and in particular, knives.

Nevertheless, I've rapidly acquired an interest and would like to learn how to sharpen my knives.

After some initial research, I think the following would be sufficient for my current needs.

King Combination 1K/6K stone + a flattening stone

http://www.epicedge.com/shopexd.asp?id=80006
http://www.straightrazordesigns.com/the-sharpening-center/naniwa-lapping-plate-220-grit

Any thoughts, recommendations, or further considerations on a starter sharpening set (higher/lower grit, nagura stone inclusion, etc)?

I'd like to keep the budget under $100 total if at all possible. Poor college student and all that.

Thank you,

-taketori

JohnnyChance
11-24-2011, 09:52 PM
1k and 6k will take of pretty much all your sharpening needs. There are better 1k and 6k stones out there than the King combo, but at a greater cost. The combo should be fine for someone starting out on a budget.

Most people here use Atoma or DMT plates to flatten their stones. They are more $ than the one you linked, but work much better.

Eamon Burke
11-24-2011, 10:02 PM
Nope. That's a great way to start.

I'd also get something to deburr into, whether it's a piece of ultra rock hard felt, or a cork, or rubber.

mr drinky
11-24-2011, 10:12 PM
Great recommendations, but I would also invest in a therapist to counsel you on potential addiction issues to come. Just kidding....sort of.

k.

tk59
11-25-2011, 11:33 AM
That's a nice starter set and you shouldn't really ever need to upgrade. You just won't be cool, lol. ;)

Andrew H
12-01-2011, 11:20 PM
That's a nice starter set and you shouldn't really ever need to upgrade. You just won't be cool, lol. ;)

Agreed on both counts.

stevenStefano
12-02-2011, 10:19 AM
The King stones are more than capable. I think you need to work them a lot harder than the more popular stones, but I think that is good if you're starting out. You'll get great edges off the Kings then when you upgrade your edges will be better than you thought possible

eto
12-02-2011, 10:44 PM
Hello all,

I'm rather new to the world of cooking, and in particular, knives.

Nevertheless, I've rapidly acquired an interest and would like to learn how to sharpen my knives.

After some initial research, I think the following would be sufficient for my current needs.

King Combination 1K/6K stone + a flattening stone

http://www.epicedge.com/shopexd.asp?id=80006
http://www.straightrazordesigns.com/the-sharpening-center/naniwa-lapping-plate-220-grit

Any thoughts, recommendations, or further considerations on a starter sharpening set (higher/lower grit, nagura stone inclusion, etc)?

I'd like to keep the budget under $100 total if at all possible. Poor college student and all that.

Thank you,

-taketori

Those will due you justice for a long time.

99Limited
12-03-2011, 08:36 PM
On your quest to remain frugal, go to Home Depot, Lowe's or a local hardware store and buy a packet of the coarsest drywall sanding screens. You can also order them from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/3M-9090NA-Drywall-Sanding-Medium-Grit/dp/B00004Z4AJ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1322962959&sr=8-2). Also pick up a piece of 12x12 ceramic tile. Make sure the exposed surface that's to be used is flat, not something with patterns or little dimples. If you can pick up a scrap piece of granite or marble that would work too. You then use this to flatten your sharpening stones. Place the tile/granite on your counter top. Lay the drywall screen on that, add some water for lubrication and then rub your stone on that until it's flat. If this doesn't make sense, there are some youtube videos that show you how it's done.

A lot of people use this setup when they first get started. It's cheap and it works.

Citizen Snips
12-03-2011, 10:33 PM
i dont have a problem with king stones, but you should always steer away from combination stones. they have a cheaper feel to me. just grab a king 1k and a king 6k or better yet, pick up a bester 1200 and learn on that. teaching yourself one stone at a time is a good way to start learning. you could go with two but the key is learning fundamentals, not worrying about what grits and makers you want to get.

K-Fed
02-05-2012, 03:01 PM
i dont have a problem with king stones, but you should always steer away from combination stones. they have a cheaper feel to me. just grab a king 1k and a king 6k or better yet, pick up a bester 1200 and learn on that. teaching yourself one stone at a time is a good way to start learning. you could go with two but the key is learning fundamentals, not worrying about what grits and makers you want to get.

+1... The bester 1.2k is a great feeling stone that will both sharpen quickly and leave a sharp agressive edge. I love this stone and often stop at the bester for my slicers that I use for cooked protiens and my more general purpose chef's knives as they take quite a beating on poly boards at work.