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    Comments on my purchase of budget newbie sharpening gear?

    Considering that I have never before used any type of water stones, I am not a chef, and I'm trying to make the best out of rather low quality knives, how does this purchase look to get me started?

    To learn and practice sharpening technique, a King 1000/6000 combination waterstone.

    Also, how about a Steelex stone holder? I like the Woodcraft version as well, but I can get free shipping on the Steelex, and when I get better, I'm sure I'll eventually upgrade all this gear anyway.

    Then, to flatten the stone when needed, either a DMT D6X coarse stone or a slightly cheaper granite surface plate for sandpaper. I am thinking the DMT would make more sense since I am not buying a coarse stone and, in theory, this should last a very long time. By the time I am a more practiced sharpener, I can use it for serious metal removal.

    Am I on the right track here?

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    Right track! Now just some time on the stones...

    one man gathers what another man spills...

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    [QUOTE=flvinny521;171954]
    To learn and practice sharpening technique, a King 1000/6000 combination waterstone.
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    You did good.

    This stone was my water stone cherry popper. Still have it after 25 or so years. Great stone to learn on. Just beware....this stuff gets ADDICTING!!!

    PZ

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    If you let us know what your budget is we, as a community which is what we are here as you'll soon find out :-), will be better able to guide you. While the king 1/6 combo isn't a bad place to start, for just a little more loot you can get a set to learn on and will carry you long into your more experienced sharpening days.

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    Honestly, my budget is as low as I can possibly get away with while producing noticeable results.

    Once I've proven to myself and my wife that this "hobby" is going to make an impact in our daily lives, and once we don't have the birth of twins right around the corner and can afford to drop some more cash, I'll definitely come up with a proper budget!

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    grats and good luck! it's bottomless pit of knives and stones =D

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    Well then the king 1/6 and something to flatten with will get the job done. I don't own the stone but I've used it and gotten some good results off of it.

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    My first stone as well. Works well to learn on but the 6000 side really isn't needed for starting out. For the same price you can get a full sized king 1k which is wider and easier to use. Also for the holder I just use a damp towel on a flat surface. It's free and works just as well. And for flattening I wouldn't recommend that route. I thought I'd cheap out by going that route when I started. It's cheap at first but it wears so fast it gets expensive. I use Sic powder on a scrap piece of glass but a course diamond hone will work well too

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    It's a good starting point and will certainly put an edge on your knives.

    For the same price with shipping this one includes a stand (and is sold by one of our site supporters):
    http://www.amazon.com/King-47506-100...ref=pd_cp_hi_1
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    Quote Originally Posted by franzb69 View Post
    grats and good luck! it's bottomless pit of knives and stones =D
    ...and kids, twins at that. Congrats!

    Thats a good combo to start with. I have more than a few friends that have been using nothing but those for years, and get amazing results. A lot has to do with the stones, but I think just as much has to do with technique. My dad sharpens his wood chisels on an aluminum oxide combo of unknown grit, and was a yard sale buy, and for the past five years he has been sharpening is own, gets them scary scary sharp. It took a while to get the technique down, but once he did, wow. Now on his knives, that's another story, lol, but it's a different technique I guess.

    I flatten with p220 grit on a glass tile, but think a true flattening stone would be a better route, or the DMT you mentioned. Not that I really know what I'm doing, juste my .02

    Joe
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