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In Reply to: Knife sharpening posted by barbqr on January 29, 2011 at 21:37:50:
Hey Ken, in a word... No. You won't be happy with the results using only a 400/600 combo stone. But, don't loose heart my friend, I've got a plan...
Go to Woodcraft @ 87th & Blue Jacket, they'll have everything you need. Here's the basic set I recommend. This will give you everything you need for around $120 with tax.
King brand 1200 grit waterstone - $28
King brand 6000 grit waterstone - $28
Granite surface plate - $32
Micro-fine Honing compound - $23
Use the 1200 grit stone to set your bevel. Soak it in water for at least 2 hours before using for the first time, then store it in a tub of water while not in use.
Use the 6000 grit stone next to polish the edge and achieve initial razor sharpness. No need to soak this stone, just splash some water on it before/while using.
Use the granite plate, a piece of notebook paper and the honing compound to make your edge absolutely scream. Just lay the notebook paper on top of the stone, then rub some honing compound onto the paper to form a light even coating. Then, using edge-trailing strokes only, strop your knife edge on the charged notebook paper while it's resting on top of the granite plate. The honing compound does all the work and it doesn't take much pressure either.
Also, the granite plate should be used periodically to flatten your 1200 and 6000 grit water stones as well. Set the granite slab in your kitchen sink, set a piece of 600 grit wet/dry automotive sand paper on top of the granite. Turn the water on to a steady stream so it floods the paper with water. Then rub your waterstone on the sand paper until it's flat again. You'll need to do this periodically throughout a sharpening session.
Holler with any questions.
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