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Dave Martell
09-04-2012, 11:09 PM
Sharpening Stone Group Buy

The feel and feedback that a stone gives back to the knife sharpener is crucial to the sharpener's ability to hold steady the angle to which he's working at. I've tried and tested just about every stone that is sold and have come to rely on a few key stones as my "core stones" because they do what I need them to do and are consistent for the most amount/types of knives encountered.

For this group buy we've paired up my core set of sharpening stones along with my instructional DVD - "Dave Martell's Core Set of Sharpening Stones" along with "The Art of Knife Sharpening" DVD set at a reduced cost.

This set will fit the bill for the newest knife sharpener to the seasoned veteran looking for an upgrade. These stones work great with both European and Japanese knives.

If you should have any questions please ask them - I'm here to answer all concerns. :)

Dave Martell's Core Set of Sharpening Stones + The Art of Knife Sharpening DVD 2-Disc Set (http://www.japaneseknifesharpeningstore.com/product-p/set2dmcore.htm)

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Set includes the following:

Beston 500x - A fast cutting yet very slow wearing stone, essential elements that make up a good coarse stone. This Beston 500x leaves a fine finish for this grit range and is an excellant stone for fixing edge chips/nicks as well as more serious grinding tasks. This stone cuts like a 220x but leaves a 500x finish. For knives that skid on diamond plates this stone will grab and go to work. I use this stone to remove edge nicks/chips, to set new bevels, thin edges, and flatten the blade roads of single bevel Japanese knives. I find it to provide great feedback and ease in "feeling the bevel" which helps in holding the knife steady and staying level in use. I keep two soaking in my bucket at all times and have always kept back-ups on hand "just in case of emergency". This stone is a must have in my opinion.
Requires at least 30 min. soak time in water before use, however, it will work a lot better if left soaking for many hours prior to use. Also, this stone is best used after being lapped a couple of times to remove the harder outer layer of the stone. Some downward pressure (while sharpening) is advised to help bring the water to the surface for proper lubrication. For heavy metal removal do not flush the stone's surface clean during use, allow for a slurry to build to aid in cutting performance.

Size - 200 x 70 x 25mm

Bester 1200x - This is a nice wide fast cutting yet slow wearing coarse stone. It leaves a fine finish in this grit range and is an excellent stone to start off a normal sharpening session with as it cuts a bevel quickly. I find it to provide great feedback and ease in feeling the bevel which helps in holding the knife steady and staying level.
Requires 30 min. soak time in water before use.

Size - 210 x 75 x 25mm

Suehiro Rika 5k - Here's a great value waterstone. The Suehiro Rika 5000x is one of the best feeling/feedback waterstones I've ever used, a pure joy to work with.

This stone offers, what appears to be, a 3000x edge (not very shiny) however the edge quality is 5000x, no question about it. This stone makes a great stopping point for double bevel knives.

Stone comes mounted on sturdy plastic base (wood base shown in picture is old style).

Requires soaking in water - but only soak for as long as it takes to stay wet on the surface. If stone goes dry quickly it needs more time in the water.

Size - 210 x 75 x 23mm

The Art of Knife Sharpening DVD 2-Disc Set by Dave Martell - "Tactical Knives (http://www.tactical-life.com/online/tactical-knives/book-dvd-reviews-9/)" Magazine Editor Steven Dick wrote (in the April 2008 issue), "I would have to rate this as the best DVD yet on using waterstones to sharpen Asian style knives"This DVD set, "The Art of Knife Sharpening" is an introduction into the world of hand sharpening knives. It concentrates on the use of waterstones and Japanese kitchen cutlery but is suited for all types of knives regardless of make, design, or purpose.

Total cost including Conus Shipping is $157.84

To make a purchase please do so directly though JapaneseKnifeSharpeningStore.com (https://www.japaneseknifesharpeningstore.com/)
Order> HERE (http://www.japaneseknifesharpeningstore.com/product-p/set2dmcore.htm)

Directions for checkout:Enter both of the following coupon codes:

KKFGroupBuyWooHoo - This provides 10% OFF of the group buy set

KKFFreeShipping - This allows for no shipping costs to be charged at checkout. Free shipping applies for CONUS orders only.

*Submit your KKF username in the notes section.
You must be a KKF member to take part in this group buy.

International customers will be billed shipping costs at the time of order fulfillment.

Please feel free to take advantage of the FREE shipping (from the group buy set) and add in additional items from the JKS store, I won't mind.:wink:

Knives and handles are excluded.

Group Buy end date - September 15th

Orders will ship by -On or about October 20th (hopefully we will fill orders long before this date but this is our safety net)

09-04-2012, 11:28 PM
Great buy, I bought the dvd's and they are worth every penny. But along with the stones how can you go wrong. In jan I would have been all over this, man I wish this was around then.

Dave Martell
09-06-2012, 12:05 PM
ATTENTION international members! (outside of CONUS)

To make a group buy purchase we will have to do a manual invoice for you versus you using our shopping cart directly. Please contact me via PM or email.

I'm sorry for this inconvenience.


09-06-2012, 02:59 PM
subscribed. I don't want to forget this and miss out.

Dave Martell
09-06-2012, 05:15 PM
subscribed. I don't want to forget this and miss out.

Thanks Carl :)

Dave Martell
09-08-2012, 06:11 PM
Big thanks to everyone who has placed an order so far, this is working out real nice. :)

09-10-2012, 01:46 AM
Tested all 3 tonight on my "needs a lot of work and unfortunately my workhorse" Global 8 inch. Far better than new. This progression worked great. Fixed it right up. I missed one tiny microchip but was too excited to feel the other stones to go back and fix it. The Rika was particularly effective. Cant wait to sharpen my more favored knives with these stones.

The 500 pulled an even burr more easily and lightly than any other low grit stone i've used. I think I need to get a feel for the 1200 but getting the most out of the blade with the 500 and Rika was easier than I've ever had it. The Rika works much faster than I expected so check the knife often.

This is as a relatively novice sharpener previously using random two sided stones and then a chosera edge pro set. A few more sharpening sessions and the edge pro might be in the selling forum.

This set is awesome and easy to work with. My only complaint is a small hole in the 1200 that I found already. I suppose an inclusion would be worse but this hole is tiny and only annoying.

Thanks Dave!

Dave Martell
09-10-2012, 09:12 AM
I'm glad that you like the stones. :)

Dave Martell
09-13-2012, 03:11 PM
Last two days left :)

09-14-2012, 09:39 AM
Just ordered plus the Takenoko 8000x Polishing to boot. Looking forward!

Dave Martell
09-14-2012, 09:45 AM
Just ordered plus the Takenoko 8000x Polishing to boot. Looking forward!

Nice, thanks for your order Marc :)

Dave Martell
09-15-2012, 12:56 PM
Today is the last day to get in on the group buy. Again I want to thank everyone who already ordered. :)

09-21-2012, 11:31 AM
Just ordered plus the Takenoko 8000x Polishing to boot. Looking forward!

I just realized that in my order that I forgot to enter my Forum Name in the Notes. My apologies, hope this doesn't cause much hassle!!

Dave Martell
10-04-2012, 03:28 PM
We will start shipping the first of the orders out tomorrow. International orders will ship first because they have the longest travel times. All customers will receive tracking information when their orders are shipped.


10-05-2012, 12:08 AM
wow looks like a bunch of peeps took advantage of this group buy. Gratz everyone.

10-19-2012, 01:16 AM
why couldn't i have found you guys a month earlier?? :dontknow:

10-19-2012, 11:35 PM
Loving the stones. I've been using my Naniwas for years now, no complaints. But these just have a much better feel, more mojo, Fahrvergnügen if you will. Earlier this year I jumped on to 2 Shaptons that kind of turned me on to thinking about broadening my wet stone horizon, which in turn got me to consider this group buy. The naniwas are now kept in the kitchen for my staff to use and learn on. They all have watched and learned as I demo'd how to get hair popping razor sharpness off the those and they are jumping all over them now. My new stones are kept in my office, stashed with the printer paper.. By the way, that picture of all the wet stones up above- would that lone Takenoko 8000x be mine? Kind of chuckled when I saw that pic. Thanks again for the good deal

Dave Martell
10-20-2012, 12:38 AM
Hi Marc,
There was 2 Takenokos ordered, you can them both if you real close.

I'm glad to hear that you like your new stones and how cool is it that you passed along your old stones to the crew? :thumbsup:

Thanks for purchasing your new set through me.