3 stone sharpening system

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  1. kbuff

    kbuff

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    Hi,

    I used to have tons of stones, oil, water, Norton, diamond. What do you think of 3-stone solution (with a water bath under?) - it could simplify things, at least for a routine sharpening, and I would have the "small sharpening portable station" at my fingertips? Which particular brand you could recommend?

    Thank you.
     
  2. phaedrus

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    I'd hate to limit myself to three stones! Still, you can do a good job with just three.  As for which ones, that depends on what you're sharpening.  I personally think the Naniwa Chocera stones are the best synthetic stones out there (that I am aware of) but they're not what I'd recommend for sharpening a bunch of "super steel" stuff (eg M390, HAP40).  Shapton GlassStones will cut just about anything and everything there is but they're not as nice to use as the Choceras.
     
  3. kbuff

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    Thanks. What I meant by 3-stone sharpening system is a device that holds those 3 stones so you could turn them and the ones below are get automatically dipped on water. I was thinking that this would simplify things as I would have everything in one place, and in a way portable. I was looking for recommendations  and thoughts on this.

    The sets vary, like Victorinox is so much less expensive than Dexter Russel, etc. I don't have any super fancy knifes, just basic everyday ones, like Victorinox, and they great for what I need right now.

    Thank you
     
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  4. kbuff

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    Thank you. Chosera and Shapton seem great, but are too expensive for me. I need some good entry level stones.
     
  5. phaedrus

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    I understand now.  Yeah, those are overkill for Victorinox knives.  If you're looking for water stones the kind of device you're talking about isn't really what you want.  Better to just get a regular stone holder and swap the stones in and out as you need them.  Of course, you don't really need a stone holder, strictly speaking.
     
  6. chefbuba

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    Get a Norton 3 sided stone. Has an oil bath underneath. One of the first tools I bought when I was in your shoes, along with a real mandolin. They were expensive for me then, but I still use them on a regular basis 35 years later.
     
  7. phaedrus

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    The Norton triple stones will work but I don't think it's a great option myself.  IMO it doesn't give you much room to grow. The Crystolon and India stones are okay for milder steel but they're not ideal for the modern day circa 2016.  First there's no really practical way to flatten them once they dish. Both cut very slowly compared to water stones, especially the Fine India.  I think they're really borderline for working on modern steels. Granted not everyone that works professionally as a cook will become a knife nerd but if  you do move on to better knives down the road you will likely find the Norton rig wanting.

    That said it isn't expensive.  If you get deeper into knives eventually you can always upgrade stones along with them.