Secondly - I got my Chef's Choice 120 for Christmas, not my birthday. Used it Boxing Day to sharpen all my knives. Didn't take long at all, touch ups will be even quicker! Everybody has noticed and commented on the sharper knives when using them. That will now be the standard.
I got mine from here, cheapest I could find. I notice that 'Catch' have them, in silver and with a pick of the 130 but looking the same, for $298 delivered - so a little cheaper again.
Just found out that my lovely oil stone never managed to be packed for the recent house move.
"That old oily thing"?
"You won't need that again anyway" sort of thing.
So...I like to keep my knives sharp, plus my hand-plane blade. I like oil stones/water stones, but possibly could look at a fancy knife sharpener (EdgeFaux sort of thing).
Recommend me something guys.
Is this OK? Or do I need different grit levels? I'm not going to shave with my knives so I don't think I need 12000 grit though. https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/marketp...ds/sharpeners/listing/3165550850?bof=ZEalyPhM
Well, I see no need to use different gear for sharpening knives since I already own a few stones that Ibuse regularly for honing razors.
So, basically, Shapton Glass 500 if the knife is in dire need of fixing, or it has micro chips, and Shapton Glass 1k after that. If I reaaaaaly want to get fancy, I'll use the 4k to finish, but I don't find it always necessary.
Good info guys.
OK...I bought these. A Suehiro waterstone, and a Flexcut strop.
Could have made a strop myself, but I'm too busy now that I've 'retired'.
Tickled up a couple of blades already and quite pleased with the result.
It's nice having a 'razor sharp' kitchen knife, but have to teach Missus that you do not put your fingers in the way when cutting through the veges.
Yeah, I have a couple of Japanese stones (3000 and 10000) that have been a part of my workshop since ~1990 (back when I was working as a blacksmith) which got used for anything needing a really fine edge, sometimes followed by a touch of the rubber buffing wheel with a polishing compound. I quickly learned to charge my customers a premium for this kind of treatment, mostly because of the time involved in just maintaining those stones. The stamps have worn away long ago.
If I hadn't had those, I would never have bothered making my own pattern-welded(*) kamisori, but for the cost of the stones I could have easily just bought a fine razor from someone else and saved myself the trouble.
* I generally prefer the term pattern-welded to Damascus, since strictly speaking (to a pedant like me) the latter is misleading. The original Damascus was a crucible steel, not made by folding and welding.