The Shapton Glass 2k doing some routine maintenance on some oft used knives.
Suncraft Senzo Black - VG10
Masakane - SK (15 maybe?)
MAC Pro - I believe widely accepted as AUS-8
I've never used it, but I imagine that's a pretty good stone for that!
I do quite quite a lot of maintenance / repair of our knives, as my wife can chip Japanese steel just by thinking about dinner. Though her very rough and draggy rock-chopping doesn't help matters, nor does it when she decides one of our smartest AS knives is the best thing for hacking through incredibly hard pork crackling.
That was the Blenheim Forge on the left of this pic a couple of days ago. You can't really see it in the picture but there's chipping all the way allong the edge. Restored with a Washita and a mystery (probably German or UK) slate:
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Thanks! Only the last 2 are worth anything, truth be told. The asagi is around 7-9k finish depending on the prep? It’s deceptively fine for the feel, and the edges are on the crispy side for a less than hard stone.Nice rocks!
When you say 'medium' asagi - what kinda grit level finish would you guess at roughly...?
Thanks! Only the last 2 are worth anything, truth be told. The asagi is around 7-9k finish depending on the prep? It’s deceptively fine for the feel, and the edges are on the crispy side for a less than hard stone.
Also you have an incredible variety of stones. And things to sharpen.
@refcast yeah! It’s dental plaster, works pretty good.
Interesting! I also have a 'mystery Asagi' though it might be a little finer/harder than yours; it's a bit too hard for nice polishing on cladding, I use it as a razor finisher to good effect. Your description of yours acting finer than it feels is similar though; it's quite a nice silken-feeling stone for something quite hard and fine
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And cheers! Yes, I do have quite a lot of stones... 'too many' according to my wife. Though I justify it, at least to myself, because it's part of what I do for work - not all of the knives in my pics above are mine.
I do like to collect and try out quite a wide variety of stones. Good jnats are very nice, especially for polishing, but there are quite a few other things out there are markedly better for sharpening (imo), and seem to get no attention here at all. In particular; old Washitas and Turkish are exceptional stones, which I use all the time, at least as much as synthetics.
You've inspired me though to crack out my own cheap Binsui for a bit of bevel and polishing work on a couple of things later. On the left here, along with a natural Coticule/BBW combo (both surprsingly good for polishing) , and an old jnat from Iyo. Knives are a Mazaki petty, and a small-ish yanagi that I restored:
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And if it doesn't work out - I'll probably follow your lead and go back down to a SG500!
That asagi was my gateway jnat, an eye opener in terms of how they behave vs synthetics. Comparatively much trickier for polishing, but versatile and intriguing on edges. I do like the feedback from natural stones overall. I’d love to expand my collection, but my main downfall is not spending enough time with each stone learning the nuances. I will live vicariously through those such as yourself for the time being . View attachment 148535
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The jnat progression didn’t even get off the ground, the amakusa barely fogged up the steel - just didn’t have the cutting power. Great learning point in that I’ve never actually experienced how different steels behave on the same stone. Iron cladding feels like mush compared to SK monosteel. Ended up going Naniwa synthetic from 400 to 12000 going for mirror finish. Another interesting thing is how hugely difficult perfect mirror polish is. View attachment 148536
Better luck next time .
Edge work coming up next.
edit: my apologies for being so wildly off topic. Please let me know if I’m clogging up the thread with my ramblings!
That's a lotta finger guards!
What stones do you use for this kind of knife?
It varies. Today, I used Chosera 400 and 800.
I also started on the 2x72: ground down all finger guards that needed attention, fixed a couple tips, and did a few passes on a 120 grit belt on knives that looked like the edges were chipped or too thick. No more wailing on super coarse stones for this kind of work.
Only did the ones on the kitchen towel tonight. My wife apparently wanted my company, so the other knives must wait.