I have the following 20+ year-old set of Four Stars, supposedly high carbon stainless steel.
10" Chef Model 31071-260
8" Chef Model 31071-200
8" Serrated Model 31076-200
6" Utility Model 31070-160 VIER SRTERE ICE HARDENED
7" Utility Model 31070-180
9" Utility Model 31070- 230
4" Parer Model 31071-100
3" Parer/Utility Model 31070-080 VIER SRTERE ICE HARDENED
5 1/2" Flexible Boning Model 31086-140
6" Cleaver Model 31095-150
Printed on all of them: ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS NO STAIN FRIODUR SOLINGEN GERMANY.
Only two of them say, "VIER SRTERE ice hardened".
What does this mean and does it change how I should sharpen those?
Please don't shoot me but for the last 20 or so years I have been "sharpening" them with a Chef's Choice "Sharpener" with those 3 spinning wheels at with the magnet at different angles to help hold the blade in place as you slowly pull it through.
The edges suck very soon after "sharpening".
I've read Dave Martell's thread here about freehand vs. jig and I've decided to get an EdgePro Pro model, Anglecube and Choseras/Shaptons and I have questions.
Should I even care what the original angles were so I can copy them?
I suspect the edges are supposed to be at different angles, especially that thick cleaver vs. that flexible thin boning knife.
What should the angles be for the above knives?
Would you put on one angle, or two or three? (I'd rather get it right the first time even if it takes a long time)
Are these called bevels?
Does anyone make a curved stone that fits on the EP for serrated knives?
Are the stones for the EP Apex and the Pro models the same width?
I hear the Choceras from Jende are twice as thick as those from other vendors. True?
I read here that some vendors are better to support with our dollars than others, ethics and all.
From where should I buy my Choceras and Shaptons?
Is Ben Dale's EdgePro website still the only place to buy the Pro model?
I plan to get the scissor attachment since I need to sharpen chisels too.
Considering my needs (no J-Knives) which grit progression (Shapton and Chocera) do you recommend?
For reflatening the stones should I get the DMT XX coarse plate? or Dale's round glass thingie with the Silicon Carbide powder or something else?
Which of the above knives should a noob start on?
What have I not thought of?