Posted 27 October 2011 - 12:39 PM
Posted 16 December 2011 - 08:01 AM
I have been using stones for years and have a bit of a collection. but I wouldn't necessarily say their better, their just different.
buffing off the wire like your doing or aggressive stropping will leave a very smooth edge that is wonderful in some applications and terrible in others. if you put that edge on a chef's knife it would ruin a lot of delicate vegetables, you NEED a high grit toothy edge for some things.
my current favorite is my Ohira Tomae natural water stone, it's roughly a 12k grit stone that leaves a super edge that still bites well.
for just doing stock removal I'm a fan of King water stones, and Bester makes excellent low and high grit stones.
for a hunter or bowie I would rarely bother going above 4k grit but I make a lot of chef's knives and there is a noticeable performance advantage to a super high grit edge.
all that said water stones can take a bit of practice to use efficiently and if your going to go down that road be ready to go through dozens of stones before finding a set that you really like
and don't forget to get a flattening stone (I use a DMT 220G plate) flat stones will make for much more consistent results
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 09:52 AM
Thanks for picking up Danny's question and providing an answer!
Sorry it took so long for your question to be answered. Sometimes, questions fall off the radar and don't get answered as they should.
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Posted 17 December 2011 - 07:37 PM
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