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Old 07-14-2005, 06:42 PM   #1
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Sharpening stones review

I guess i will do two in one because i've just changed about three years ago.
The first i used were Gesswein that i got out of a gunsmith catalog, then from Gesswein directly, which included an Arkansas hard bench stone, and a ruby Medium (only used for nicks) and fine Ruby stone. All worked very well and i really can't say anything bad because they lasted several years with the ruby being an awesome finish/hone stone.
But these really don't work (nor do/will your basic stones) on most Japanese or "thinner" bladed knives, which i started to use aprox. 3 years ago and found out the hard way.
So, in looking for new wet stones, my wifes uncle directed me to this place he orders woodworking tools from, out in California, i gave them a call and orderes a catalog. http://www.japanwoodworker.com/page.asp?content_id=2896
Unbeknownst to me, they not only sell woodworking tools and sharpening stones.......They also deal in handmade kitchen knives, graters, and much more!
So, in looking in the catalog 5 days after i called, and went ahead and ordered their Shapton Professional water stones, in all grits (grit range from 120 to 30,000).
I can honestly say, after using these, there has been a significant difference in edge sharpness and retention! While using the coarser grits for heavier bladed knives and other metal finishing work, i can't say i'd ever use a different set of stones because they last first off, and secondly, the edge it gives is even more horrifying than scary sharp!!!!
Since then i have ordered many more things from them, and give that company 100% customer loyality and satisfaction!


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Old 07-16-2005, 03:12 PM   #2
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My husband likes the sytem where the "stones" are sort of sticks stuck into a piece of wood at the appropriate angles. Makes it so that you have the appropriate surface, but are less likely to cut yourself to ribbons. Dad always used a steel and made a big show of it! But I really use my knives, and have put more $$ into them than Mom ever did/would (hey, kitchen work was women's work, and you just bought what was cheapest). Now every time I go to work in the kitchen, hubby asks, "how are the knives?" If one is dull, he does all of them.
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Old 07-16-2005, 03:14 PM   #3
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Oh, hubby just looked it up for me. Called the "edgemaker pro, sharpening and honing". I'm pretty sure we ordered it from Williams-Sonoma probably 15 years ago. It really works well, and is easy to use.
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Old 07-16-2005, 04:04 PM   #4
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I use a Sharpening Steel. I think they work much better than a stone. Gives a razor sharp edge that is scary.
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