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#1 posted 12-09-2012 07:33 PM

Tag, welcome to the world of water stones, which I also use. The 4000 “grit” works well. Somewhere down the road you may want to invest in an 8000 grit. For honing, I use 1000, 4000, then 8000. When I first started, I did not use the 4000 and got by just fine without. I got a good deal on it so now I use it. Books that I read on sharpening suggest using 8000 to 12000 for final polishing.

I tried the Nagura stone a couple of times, I noticed no difference in performance by using it. Maybe you will have different results?

I highly suggest you use something to keep your stones flat. There are some out there that try to use the whole stone when sharpening to avoid dishing it out, but I find it is much easier and more practical to use something to keep the stones flat. I have the Shapton diamond glass lapping plate (which is expensive as hell. Luckily I got mine for a hell of a deal a couple of years ago). A less expensive alternative is a diamond stone. Either way, you are going to want something to keep them flat. Water stones abrade quickly and will dish out big time, especially if you are using them a lot. When they dish out, they will mess you up and give lousy results on your blades. Diamond stones are not cheap either, but you will be happy with flat stones.

Good Luck!

-- Mike


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