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    Sharpening on a budget

    Hi everyone

    I would like to introduce my friend to sharpening, so I wanted to ask your opinion on the 3 stones he will need on a budget.

    He got his first shun (Ya, I know, but it's a start) and I think he may want to look into proper sharpening stones.

    I want to keep it around $100 for the most part (for all stones)

    I think he may just need around 800-1200 grit stone, a 2000-4000 grit stone and a finishing 6k+ stone... Maybe I am way wrong, so please correct me

    links to stones would be awesome too

    thanks!

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    Senior Member eto's Avatar
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    Check out Dave he has a nice selection
    http://www.japaneseknifesharpeningst...tones-s/22.htm

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    Learning to sharpen and start with three stones and Shun VG-10? A guarantee for failure, unless your friend has been gifted with some extra-natural capacity. Start with a simple carbon steel (e.g. Opinel) , a sheet of (P320-700) sandpaper to set the bevel, a great medium (2-3k) stone and newspaper to strop on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benuser View Post
    Learning to sharpen and start with three stones and Shun VG-10? A guarantee for failure, unless your friend has been gifted with some extra-natural capacity. Start with a simple carbon steel (e.g. Opinel) , a sheet of (P320-700) sandpaper to set the bevel, a great medium (2-3k) stone and newspaper to strop on.
    Lol! Sorry, that cracked me up. I know it seems pretty simple to you or I, but somehow I think stropping on newsprint and setting bevels with sandpaper might be just as wacky and convoluted to a beginner as multiple stones. Maybe we get a little carried away with all the fun of sharpening, and forget what "the basics" really are?

    Start with a Bester 1.2k and a magic marker. Everything after that is fluff you don't need until you master the first two.

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    I like this idea.
    09/06

    Take a look around at: www.sharpandshinyshop.com

    Email me at: tmclean@sharpandshinyshop.com

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    Unless your knives are horribly dull you can get by with 1k, 6k, cardboard & newspaper in that order. You can get a 1k/6k combo stone for less than $100. Then buy a bottle of wine and keep the cork for de-buring in between stones and after stropping on cardboard and paper (I prefer the synthetic corks, or a piece of soft pine, or MDF works too). I use that method for touch up work and never use my spendy chrome oxide/balsa or leather strops anymore.

    Funny - cardboard and paper is how I used to strop knives - I learned that trick from reading A.G. Russell back in the 70's. Now I see Murray Carter talking about it and it's come full circle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertigo View Post
    Start with a Bester 1.2k and a magic marker. Everything after that is fluff you don't need until you master the first two.
    x2

    i started out on Shuns: once you can de-burr a Shun, you can de-burr just about anything else.

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    Yup. 1k ish is plenty. You don't even need to go any further, really.

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    What about gettig a gesshin 2k? Cuts faster than both of my 1k stones and leaves a nice finish and useable edge. Also one of the top stones around, under your budget. You coul then just get some newspaper to strop on or buy a strop or better yet make one for really cheap.

    I think that'd be the way to go if I were to do it again.

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    I started with King 1000/6000 and i think it is a great stone to start with.

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