Honing and sharpening tools for Zelite?

Discussion in 'Cooking Knife Reviews' started by Adam Clowes, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. Adam Clowes

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    Hi all

    I have purchased a Zelite comfort pro (Rockwell 56) and wondered if anyone could recommend tools for honing (diamond/ceramic/both) and sharpening (how essential is a whet stone) and how frequently I should use them?


    It will likely only get light use and I am somewhat a novice when it come to these matters.


    Could anyone kindly advise?
     
  2. Adam Clowes

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    That's great info but with me being fairly new and unversed in the arts of honing and sharpening which solution would you recommend? Many thanks.
     
  3. Adam Clowes

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    Also, how good is Soft Krupp 4116? I paid £40 for this knife and wondered if I payed too much?
     
  4. brianshaw

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    Krupp 4116 has been a mainstay of German (and other) knives that has been successfully used by both professionals and home cooks for years. You didn’t pay too much. It’s just not Japanese; that’s why it gets so maligned by Japanese knife enthusiasts. There are merits and pitfalls to both approaches to cutting food.
     
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  5. Adam Clowes

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    So is a rod for honing always necessary?
     
  6. brianshaw

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    Many find them useful. But necessary, probably not if you are honing on a stone or cardboard or some other strop material.
     
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    Would these be of use?

    https://uk.knivesandtools.eu/en/pt/-wusthof-ceramic-sharpener.htm



    Many thanks
     
  8. brianshaw

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    I use a similar ceramic rod on German knives. In my experience, that rod is very fine for use with that steel. A quick hone before use. If the knife is dull enough that a quick hone is insufficient then it needs to be resharpened on stones. Neither a ceramic or steel hone can replace sharpening when a knife gets dull.

    I’ve not had any experience with diamond hones like the one you linked.
     
  9. brianshaw

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    Yes, The rod in the knivesandtools.comlink is ceramic.

    The ceramic “stone” in the Amazon link is diamond unless I misunderstand their description. Quote:

    • DC4 Diamond ceramic whetstone
    • Dimensions: 7 x 32 x 100 mm
    • Consist of a fine diamond stone (25 micron) and a very special ceramic stone, made of synthetic sapphires
    • Weight: 65 g
    ... and I completely agree on the issues associated with diamond sharpeners of any kind. Used one once a long time ago but never since...
     
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  10. Adam Clowes

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    When you say that rod is fine - do you mean it's okay/good or have I misunderstood? Is the Chosera 800 a better choice bearing in mind my beginner status?
     
  11. brianshaw

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    I should have been more clear in my statement... I personally think a ceramic honing rod is good to have and use.