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    What stone line up are you using these days?

    Please post what your favorite stones are that you're using today.

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    dmt xxc
    dmt xc
    beston 500
    bester 1200
    rika 5k
    kitayama
    jks 10k
    imanishi 10k
    felt block
    felt pad
    textured leather strop loaded with .25 diamond oxide

    the order and that i will use will vary depending on knife, task it will be used for, work needed during sharpening.

    I rarely use the dmt except for flattening. most knives i take all the way up through the progression, usually starting at either the 1.2k or the rika, I only use one of my 10k stones, most often the JKS stone. finish on strop, and i use the felt between each stone.

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    Right now I'm using a Beston 500, Bester 1k, Naniwa SS 5k, Kitayama 8k, JKS 10k for my double bevel knives. I've been playing with the Naniwa Green Brick 2k and either replacing the Bester 1k and naniwa 5k, or ending on it entirely for a toothsome edge. I always strop with diamond loaded felt and finish with boron carbide loaded balsa. That's my current line up and I've been happy with it. I like the beston and bester because of their hardness and speed. I like the Naniwa 2k because I can go right from the beston 500 to a near mirror polish and it works up a nice mud. The Kitayama is on of the first stones I purchased and I love the way it feels and the hazy finish it leaves. I like the JKS 10k because I feel it's an easy stone to use (not to hard, not too soft) and it leaves a wicked sharp edge when I'm done.

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    I'm using a DMT 8XXC, Beston 500, Bester 1.2k, Naniwa 3k, Arashiyama 6k and Naniwa Snow White 8k. I just got my Snow White today and after running some knives over it, I'm thinking wow what a great polish job. I also strop my knives with 1 micron boron carbide on balsa, .5 micron chromium oxide on leather and a clean leather strop. I also have a few mini diamond sharpeners I use to knock the glaze off some of my stones and help build a slurry.

    I was thinking about getting a 10k stone but I'm going to need to solicit some advice first. Having acquired my Snow White I not sure I'd gain anything with a 10k stone.

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    Generally I approach my double and single bevels differently. The knives stay sharp so long with quick touch up on the bench strops I may forget!



    Here is my bullpen-
    • DMT XXC
    • Bestor 500
    • King 800x
    • Mizuyama 1000
    • Synthetic "Blue" Aoto 2000
    • Suehiro Rika 5000
    • Kitayama 8000
    • JKS 10000
    • Felt and leather bench strops
    For double bevel knives I usually start with the 500 to see where I am at with the bevel.

    It would go like this -

    • Bestor 500
    • Mizuyama 1000
    • Suehiro Rika 5000
    • Kitayama 8000
    • JKS 10000
    • Felt and leather bench strops
    I use a felt block between each stone.
    For the Takeda and and sometimes the Hiro I add the Synthetic "Blue" Aoto 2000 to the mix. The Takeda really shine with that stone.

    For the Single bevel Knives I have had good luck with this line up-

    • King 800x
    • Synthetic "Blue" Aoto 2000
    • Suehiro Rika 5000
    • Kitayama 8000
    • JKS 10000
    • Back to the Suehiro Rika 5000
    • Kitayama 8000
    • JKS 10000
    • Felt and leather bench strops
    (Carefully) cut into the felt block each stone.

    While far, far from an expert, I have had some very good luck with this line up.

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    I am the proud owner of the Dave Martell Junior Knife Sharpening kit. It came complete with DMT XXC, Beston 500, Bester 1200, Suehiro Rika 5000, Arashimaya 6000, and a Naniwa SS 10000. Also included in this fabulous package, was a felt block, felt pad, and leather strop, with base. The only thing missing is a shirt telling me, how smart I am!

    Even though I'd like to expand my Junior Knife Sharpening kit. I am not sure about the value of picking up a Aoto or Kitayama, since I've yet to venture into single bevel knives. I do need to pick up a nagura for the higher grit stones.

    I am curious if the new strops that Dave sales would work on a HA base? I'm also curious about stropping on balsa?

    Jay

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    Balsa is so cheap it would be silly not to give it a try, hobby shops carry it.

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    Most of the sharpening I do is on western knives. That's what folks have around here. If the edge is o.k., I start with 1000 Bester then move to a 5000 Suerhiro Rika and finish with a Takenodo 8000x. I use the felt pad between each stone and finish with the leather strop with spray. I use a beston 500 if I need to deal with chips or if there is no discernable edge (amazing how long folks go without getting knives sharpened!!)

    On my Japanese knives (only have 2 right now and I'll probably destroy them, I sharpen them so much!!), I use the same progression but my last stone is a Naniwa SS 10,000.

    I would like to try something between my 1000 and 5000x. Ideas? I don't feel like I NEED a stone between 1000 and 5000 but I'd love to add another stone for the pure enjoyment of adding a little time to each session. I would also like to try Jon's new 15,0000x stone as well. So many stones, so little scratch!

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    DMT XXC, Chosera 400, 1000, 3000, 5000.

    Boroscilicate and fine ceramic rods for honing inbetween stone sessions.

    I've also got a felt block and have just got some amazing results from leather strops I also have.

    I would like to get a 10000 stone and go straight from the 5000 to that.

    I was going to get a JKS 10000 a while back but sadly Dave stopped selling them before I could get one.....

    Jim

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    DMT XC
    Sugimoto 1000
    Arashiyama 6K
    Old belt + Veritas stropping compound
    Wine bottle cork to de-burr

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