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    Stone Question

    I'm interested in starting to free hand sharpen my knives. My current stone inventory includes:

    King 800 and 1200
    Norton Combination 4k/8k

    I got the Kings originally to sharpen chisels and other woodworking equipment and the Norton for staight razors. Should I look to get something coarser than the King 800 or something between the King 1200 and the Norton?

    TIA

    Pat

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    Do you currently have anything to keep your stones flat, like a DMT or Atoma diamond plate? If you don't, I would add one of these. You can also use it for repair work instead of getting a 400-500 grit stone to go before the King 800. I do not think you need a stone between 1200 and 4k. I often go from 400 or 1200, right to 5k.

    Other than that, I think you have a pretty good grit range. There might be some better performing stones in each of those grits, but I don't think it is worth upgrading yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyChance View Post
    Do you currently have anything to keep your stones flat, like a DMT or Atoma diamond plate? If you don't, I would add one of these. You can also use it for repair work instead of getting a 400-500 grit stone to go before the King 800. I do not think you need a stone between 1200 and 4k. I often go from 400 or 1200, right to 5k.

    Other than that, I think you have a pretty good grit range. There might be some better performing stones in each of those grits, but I don't think it is worth upgrading yet.
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    just get something to flatten those stones. after they have worn down you can upgrade knowing that you have put in some hours and are beginning to learn what the different grits do for you and for the purpose you want from them

    experience is worth way more than new pretty stones

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    +1 on getting the flattener. There seems to be two schools of opinion emerging: (1) that the DMT 'C' or Atoma #400 will do an ok job and is cheaper; and (2) that the DMT 'XX' or Atoma #140 is the way to go. I prefer option (2): the extra-extra coarse plates are faster and stick less to the stones, expecially muddy, resin-based stones like the Naniwa SuperStone series.

    When you are in the market for a very coarse stone, this one (which I haven't tried yet) looks to be the emerging contender with a little bit of buzz around it: King #300-grit. Otherwise the standard choices in this grit range are Beston #500, Chocera #400 (I have this one) or Shapton Pro or GlassStone #320.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seb View Post
    When you are in the market for a very coarse stone, this one (which I haven't tried yet) looks to be the emerging contender with a little bit of buzz around it: King #300-grit. Otherwise the standard choices in this grit range are Beston #500, Chocera #400 (I have this one) or Shapton Pro or GlassStone #320.
    I haven't heard anything about the King 300, and I also have a Chosera 400, but another stone in this range people do seem to really love is the Gesshin 400.
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    ya lets not forget the gesshin 400. very fast, slow to dish, and great feedback. my coarse of choice

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    Anyone have any info on the king 300?

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    I've had a King 300x for about 1.5 yrs in my bucket. I say save your money - it's King of a Loser

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptPat View Post
    I'm interested in starting to free hand sharpen my knives. My current stone inventory includes:

    King 800 and 1200
    Norton Combination 4k/8k

    I got the Kings originally to sharpen chisels and other woodworking equipment and the Norton for staight razors. Should I look to get something coarser than the King 800 or something between the King 1200 and the Norton?

    TIA

    Pat
    I'd say go with the flattener and you're good to go. Once you decide you want something different or "better" you can spend all your money on knives and stones like the rest of us.

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    ok so no 300x for me.

    On the other hand isn't a norton 8k about 4k Japanese ? so what about the 4k? about 2k?

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