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    Sharpening - how do you make your edges?

    Inspired by another thread.

    What do you try to accomplish when sharpening your knifes - toothy edges, scary sharp edges etc.

    How do you get your edges to be ecaxtly as you want?

    What kind of grit progress?
    Do you use synthetic, naturals or a combo of both?
    Do you strop - if you do ... then what do you use?

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    I tend to lean towards somewhat toothy, but refined edges. My standard sharpening is:
    1k King, 6k Suehiro, strop on newsprint.
    My favourite for scary sharp carbon is:
    1k King, approx. 8k Suita (to give it a grit value), strop on newsprint. I find this combo gives less tooth, but more of a razor edge. I also tend to purposely convex my edges to maximize durability and to take away faceting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty View Post
    I tend to lean towards somewhat toothy, but refined edges. My standard sharpening is:
    1k King, 6k Suehiro, strop on newsprint.
    My favourite for scary sharp carbon is:
    1k King, approx. 8k Suita (to give it a grit value), strop on newsprint. I find this combo gives less tooth, but more of a razor edge. I also tend to purposely convex my edges to maximize durability and to take away faceting.
    Interesting

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    On my white 1 I usually go 1000 and 5000 ... followed by stropping on paper
    My INOX is tuffer. On this I need to use 400, 1000, 3000 and 5000 grit (to make deburring as easy as possible). I strop on paper to finish of + run a few times thru cork.

    Don't have any naturals yet ... so synthetics are used.

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    i convex nearly all of my edges. my current standard progression, from dull to finished, is a King 800 followed by an aoto (was a blue synthetic, but it finally fell apart, so i have a green brick incoming), then a suehiro 8000, followed by light finishing on a kitayama. i find that this gives a highly refined yet aggressive edge on most of my knives. i use a ss 10k to polish out bevels, but i don't usually use it on the actual edge, much. i sometimes stop with .5 CrO or .25 diamond on balsa, when i feel like it, but i rarely do, anymore. i find that the right amount of pressure on the kitayama gives most of the refinement benefits of stropping without taking away the toothiness. i kind of want to get a Rika, but i find that varying the pressure and slurry on the aoto allows me to go right to the 8000 stone. i'm sure i'll end up with a Rika, as i've really liked every suehiro stone i've owned (i kinda miss the 6k stone that i sold to a friend, and i occasionally use my 800 when i want to take off more steel than the king, but less than my bester 500). i have, and have had, a bunch of other stones, but i find this simple progression to work great. i'd love to get natural stones, but it seems like too much of a money sink, right now.

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    Depends on the knife.
    Standard Solingen stainless: (400 Chosera), 1000 Chosera, Newspaper
    High Quality stainless: (400 Chosera), 1000 Chosera, 3000 Chosera, Newspaper
    Carbon: (400 Chosera), 1000 Chosera, 3000 Chosera, 5000 Chosera, Newspaper

    In the near future I want to try the Takashima Awasedo as finisher for my Carbons, but just to have something new to play with, because my knives are plenty sharp with the setup I already have.

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    usually just a 1k (king), 6k (arashiyama) and newspaper strop (NYTimes LOL). I'm just looking for an edge that shaves smoothly, which, as far as kitchen tasks are concerned, is usually more than sufficient.

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    Shaves the face, or arm smoothly? If you mean the face, I need to learn from you for my straight....
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    Shobudani asagi with asano naguri gets my razor face shaving smoooooth.
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    For debas and some softer steel western i stop at Aotos. For hard western knives i go to hakka or soft Jnat. For Yanagis or my Muki i take the hard Jnats
    i am also begin to use Daves felt pad between the stones with very good result But usually for softer steels with pitta bure

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