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    Buying Sharpening Stuff for the First Time

    Alright my Wustohf Chef's knife is now not fully responding to honing so it's time to sharpen. My other knives will need sharpening too soon. Below is a list of things I'm going to buy please let me know if I've missed anything:

    Chosera 1K
    Chosera 5K
    Flattening Stone (Any recommendations? Is there any flattening stone that will work on all grits of waterstones? I don't want to have to buy more than one if possible)
    Deburring felt block
    Angle Guide because I'm not too confident (Thinking about the angle cube, any suggestions?)
    Pocket Magnifer

    Will get a Chosera 10k and a Stropping kit in the future when money allows. Also, will I need a flattening stone right away or can that be put on hold for a while?

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    The pro's will be along shortly, but I would throw out the idea that you likely will want to flatten before you first use your stones...and skip the angle guide because all it will do is slow the learning curve--confidence will come in due time. Also might want to figure out if you will need a base or have something you can use to keep the stones from moving as you use them. If you are sharpening a Wustof you will not need anything above maybe 1-2k.

    Cheers and good luck!
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    For the flattening stone, people usually buy a DMT XXC/XC or the atoma 140x. I would get it immediately as you won't be able to get a really sharp edge unless your stone is dead flat.

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    I love my Choseras a lot, and especially the 5k, but it won't help you with your Wuesthof. Better have the 800 and 2k, and the last one just for stropping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinacats View Post
    The pro's will be along shortly, but I would throw out the idea that you likely will want to flatten before you first use your stones...and skip the angle guide because all it will do is slow the learning curve--confidence will come in due time. Also might want to figure out if you will need a base or have something you can use to keep the stones from moving as you use them. If you are sharpening a Wustof you will not need anything above maybe 1-2k.

    Cheers and good luck!
    i agree... skip everything except a middle grit stone (around 1-2k ish), something to flatten with, and something to deburr with. The magnifier may help, but is not necessary by any means. Not only will your knife not benifit from the higher grits, but as this is the beginning of your sharpening education, you wont really be able to get anything worthwhile out of the higher grits. Focus on technique on the middle grit stone first and then, later on, add other things.

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    If you aren't buying new knives, get a Naniwa Aotoshi, any coarse grit diamond plate from a hardware store, and a ceramic honing rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurkeCutlery View Post
    If you aren't buying new knives, get a Naniwa Aotoshi, any coarse grit diamond plate from a hardware store, and a ceramic honing rod.
    I think he has a honing rod already. At least what I got form his first sentence. If not what Eamon said.

    If you are really scared of angles I would go with a sharpie, and look after each stroke. Also start on a knife you don't care if you mess up on first, you will make mistakes. But if you are paying attention you won't mind them. stay relaxed, it doesn't take much to get a sharp edge.
    Chewie's the man.

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    Thanks everyone.

    I do have a MAC ceramic honing rod but my wustohf doesn't easily cut through tomatoes and I need it sharper for certain things at work.

    So basically all I need for this knife is a 2k stone, a flattening stone and something to debur with? I don't need multiple stones?

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    I would go with a combo maybe 500/1k. 1-2k would be the highest you would go to. But anything higher will be a wast for what you have. You will want something lower for taking off and creating a burr, then finishing with the higher grit. If you get more into knives and harder ones you will have to add some stones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crothcipt View Post
    I would go with a combo maybe 500/1k. 1-2k would be the highest you would go to. But anything higher will be a wast for what you have. You will want something lower for taking off and creating a burr, then finishing with the higher grit. If you get more into knives and harder ones you will have to add some stones.
    Thanks. So with German steels they're not capable of taking a super sharp edge (unlike Japanese steels) thus making high grit stones worthless?

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