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12-14-2017 03:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening sharpening stones help

So I have fallen into the pit of looking for budget sharpening stones just like everyone else. I am looking for anyone who has any experience with the bar.b.q.s whetstones, and the CKTG combo diamond stone. If you have any budget alternatives as well I am looking near and far, thanks.

Bar.b.q.s 8k Whetstone

CKTG Combo 400/1k Diamond Stone

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#1 posted 12-14-2017 05:22 PM

Can’t navigate to the first.

The second one looks identical to a Trend if that’s the case its a heck of a price.

Bottom line I don’t know of any quality stones that you can buy for less than $60.

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#2 posted 12-14-2017 05:27 PM

I also cant speak to the first one…but I will say this, I have plenty of experience with diamond type hones of all brands and types. If there is one thing I learned the hard {and expensive} way it’s that cheap diamond stones are no good and do not last. Good ones are expensive for several reasons. Not all diamonds are created equal, they are not all mounted the same either.
As far as cost effective honing stones you might want to look at ebay under “razor hones”. I have bought several for pennies on the dollar there.

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#3 posted 12-14-2017 07:01 PM

Never been impressed by Diamond stones, even the one I have to flatten Water Stones wear! That and the fact I am able to get a nice polished edge on the Water stones but always a dull finish with Diamond stones?
You may want to look at Oil Stones as well, but as always ya get what ya pays for!

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#4 posted 12-14-2017 07:53 PM

Try a king or Norton 1k/8k combo. That’s all you need for honing. If you have grinding to do use sandpaper on a flat surface, or an actual grinder.


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#5 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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#6 posted 12-14-2017 10:07 PM

Thank you all for your help, I think i have decided I will go the route of a king waterstone with an extra flattening stone.

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