Quantcast

One and done travel stone for the holidays

Kitchen Knife Forums

Help Support Kitchen Knife Forums:

dafox

Supporting Member
Joined
May 27, 2017
Messages
1,691
Reaction score
702
Location
Colorado
For my family's knives I would take a Shapton pro 220 and 1000.
 

ian

Supporting Member
Joined
Dec 18, 2017
Messages
3,917
Reaction score
6,795
Location
Boston, MA
Cho 800 is too big, imo. You don't got room for that in your suitcase, with the base and everything! Plus, I took it on a trip with me once to sharpen some knives, and had to do some really dull ones. Took forever.

Maybe you should just bring an Atoma 140 and be done with it. :)

PS. Did you get a SG 500 yet? Come on, man.

PPS. For a 2 stone combo, SG 220 and 1000 is probably a good idea, as @dafox says. I've never used the 1k, but the 220's fast. And if you stack them they're still thinner than Cho 800. :)
 

JDC

Supporting Member
Joined
Jan 8, 2020
Messages
322
Reaction score
236
Location
Bethlehem, PA
I just bought this:

Small enough for me
 

M1k3

That right angle choil triggers me
Supporting Member
Joined
Jul 28, 2018
Messages
4,830
Reaction score
5,918
Cho 800 is too big, imo. You don't got room for that in your suitcase, with the base and everything! Plus, I took it on a trip with me once to sharpen some knives, and had to do some really dull ones. Took forever.

Maybe you should just bring an Atoma 140 and be done with it. :)

PS. Did you get a SG 500 yet? Come on, man.

PPS. For a 2 stone combo, SG 220 and 1000 is probably a good idea, as @dafox says. I've never used the 1k, but the 220's fast. And if you stack them they're still thinner than Cho 800. :)
Glue cardboard to the other side of the atoma.
 

JDC

Supporting Member
Joined
Jan 8, 2020
Messages
322
Reaction score
236
Location
Bethlehem, PA
p.s. as everyone suggested, I’d bring a coarse stone or even a diamond one if dull cheap steel’s awaiting
 

Alder26

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 7, 2018
Messages
453
Reaction score
378
Cho 800 is too big, imo. You don't got room for that in your suitcase, with the base and everything! Plus, I took it on a trip with me once to sharpen some knives, and had to do some really dull ones. Took forever.
I always forget about the base. All my chosera’s have no base which makes them very travel friendly but they’re a little less common than the ones with the base.

Shapton pro 1k would be the other choice. Finishes substantially more coarse than the naniwa but it’s definitely enough polish for crappy steel. Plus it has the nice little travel case. Nice and cheap too!
 

Unstoppabo

Breaker of knives
Supporting Member
Joined
Dec 6, 2015
Messages
144
Reaction score
89
Location
NYC
DMT duosharp coarse/extra coarse + a SG 1k-3k should do the trick for any stainless knives. Less than 1 inch tall combined and you'll be able to keep your stone flat too. Atoma cuts faster but the DMT style diamond plates are better for SS knives IMO.
 

Marek07

Supporting Member
Joined
May 26, 2016
Messages
1,505
Reaction score
353
Location
Melbourne, Australia
I tried travelling with a Naniwa combo stone but found it too small and too slow. At the time I nabbed a smallish Aizu and it performed quite well. Playing around with slurry & water levels I was able to tackle quite a range of knives. If I had to buy just the one stone that would travel well as per the OP's question, it would be the Shapton Pro 1k. It's pretty quick, handles a variety of steels and comes in a box that doubles as a stand.
 

daveb

Staff member
Administrator
Global Moderators
Joined
Mar 12, 2012
Messages
11,732
Reaction score
3,632
My travel kit usually involves Shaptons, this year I think it's going to be SG500, SP1000, SG4000. If I know I'm visting someone with a Shun or three I might take the Gesshin 1 and 6K plates and the SG500 to get things started.

I too prefer the Gesshin soakers for my home use but for use on the road, the Shaptons are the easy button.
 

Bolek

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 19, 2014
Messages
267
Reaction score
53
Over in another knife forum I visit, diamond stones are highly regarded. Probably for the ability to quickly abrade the more complex stainless steels. One of these diamond stones may be worth looking into for a travel stone. They certainly fit the requirements you have listed.
Do you have any additional information about diamond stones.
 

adam92

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 19, 2016
Messages
807
Reaction score
270
Get shapton glass, grid depands on what you gonna sharp & steel. Won't regrets.
 

btbyrd

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 26, 2017
Messages
502
Reaction score
424
Location
W-S, NC
DMT duosharp coarse/extra coarse + a SG 1k-3k should do the trick for any stainless knives. Less than 1 inch tall combined and you'll be able to keep your stone flat too. Atoma cuts faster but the DMT style diamond plates are better for SS knives IMO.
This is a great suggestion and is exactly my travel setup (Duosharp + Shapton Glass 1k) for sharpening the soft stainless knives of friends and relatives. I just used it last week to resharpen my own old and inexpensive set of stainless steak knives and it made quick work of an unpleasant task.
 

captaincaed

(____((___________()~~~
Joined
Aug 29, 2017
Messages
1,408
Reaction score
1,203
Location
Pacific Northwest
Sorry I'm late to return to this, site stopped pinging me with updates.

I'm going to pull the trigger on the SG500, may the double-stuff since it's got the travel case as well. I can also use it to remove 220 scratches when thinning. I do have a 1k diamond as a 'break glass in an emergency' stone.

One day on that vitrified 800, but probably not today.
 

Kawa

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 23, 2020
Messages
195
Reaction score
173
Location
The Netherlands
If your relatives are the same as most relatives in the way they threat their knives, a 1-2k will not be sufficient.
Thats only enough for when you call your knives very dull..

Prepare to see all kinds of chips on soft crappy knives, which will need a 200-kinda range stone to be efficient.

So either you take that one stone and make coarse edges which still give a sharper edge on their knives then they were before, or accept you need 2 stones to go to your relatives, unless you want to avoid them while you visit them ;) Then I would suggest take your 4k stone only
 

demirtasem

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 16, 2020
Messages
110
Reaction score
29
Location
NC
SG220 and 1k is really good idea! I have a question though. About flattening, how SG performs wearing? Do you flatten them often like other whetsones?
 

M1k3

That right angle choil triggers me
Supporting Member
Joined
Jul 28, 2018
Messages
4,830
Reaction score
5,918
I flatten them usually every time I actually use them. If I just do a few swipes across them, I don't bother flattening again. They don't dish that fast. They don't stay flat forever either.
 

Rangen

Supporting Member
Joined
Jul 5, 2012
Messages
139
Reaction score
139
Anyone tried the 800 vitrified diamond? It's alluring. But expensive. But alluring.
I feel like a cat standing the back door...
Yeah. It’s pretty great. Fast, very resistant to dishing, fun to use. It’s become a routine choice for re-beveling.
 
Top