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#1 posted 12-14-2017 09:50 PM

After initial flattening and honing you shouldn’t need a 400 grit stone too often. I use 1000/4000/8000 for ~90% of my sharpening and rarely a 200/400 if the blade is really rough or chipped.

There’s a million different ways to sharpen, the main part is that you get good, repeatable results. I started with the “scary sharp” method and switched to diamond stones, didn’t find that diamond stones were as quick or gave me as fine an edge as waterstones, so been using waterstones for the majority of my sharpening over the past few years.
I like Ohishi waterstones from Lie-Neilson:
They are expensive, but don’t have to be soaked beforehand, just a spritz of water and they’re ready to go.

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