Seeking advice for my Global setup

Discussion in 'Cooking Knife Reviews' started by fuge68m, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. fuge68m

    fuge68m

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    Hello everyone! First post here =)

    I am not seeking a 'why Global sucks' or a 'praise Global' scenario in here. I, like many others, read Kitchen Confidential and took Bourdain's advice to buy a Global (the G-2 model). This was 3 years ago and I have loved it since. Enter my question:

    My Global G-38 diamond steel wore out. I learned my lesson to leave it on my workspace while working (people always use it when you are not looking). The replacement rod is upwards of $100 and only available in England. I love the application of the diamond rod. I am very anal about knife care. What is the best alternative to that product? I cannot find the grit of the diamond rod anywhere. I am afraid to buy blindly something that is too rough or too fine to make a difference.

    I do own a Lee Valley 1000/4000 whetstone as well. Works like a charm.

    I don't feel I am a noob to this stuff - I just don't feel that the price is justified for a brand new Global diamond steel (180$ US).

    So - alternatives?
     
  2. pohaku

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  3. fuge68m

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    thank you sir - i will read up on those 2 products

    may i ask - why ceramic over diamond?
     
  4. petemccracken

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    Because "steeling" is to realign the edge, not sharpen?
     
    From my experience, anything besides a very smooth steel/ceramic rod does more damage than good.
     
     
  5. boar_d_laze

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    Pete is right, but very concise. 

    Read Steeling Away.  It will answer a lot of questions and help you choose and use a rod better.  Globals need a lot of steeling, so you won't be wasting your time.

    You might also profit from reading Dulling Thoughts.  The article will help help explain the limits to steeling. 
     
  6. fuge68m

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    What a great blog site - presumably yours?

    Awesome information guys. You have laid it out, I will read it and make an educated decision now.

    It's amazing how much misguided information is out there. Glad I joined up. I shared the blog site with many of my old culinary school friends. Cheers guys!

    =)
     
  7. boar_d_laze

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    fuge,

    Yes, mine.  Thanks.

    Thanks some more,

    BDL
     
  8. fuge68m

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    gentlemen, i've purchased the Idahone 12in rod recommended. once again i really appreciate the insight