Sharpening setup

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  1. millionsknives

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    Not what stones you use.  I'm curious how everyone has their workspace.  Stone bridge?  Stone holder?  On the counter?  On the table?  On the floor?  

    Soaking stones 24/7?  Or as you need ?
     
  2. denverveggienut

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    I just put a dish towel on the counter and put the stone on that to sharpen. The stones (Bester/Beston/Rika) stay in a bin of water all the time. I change the water and rinse the stones every few weeks to keep biologicals at bay. When I sharpen, I keep the bin at hand to have water to splash or rinse the stones as I go. In between sharpenings, I use a balsa strop with 1 micron CBN, mounted on another piece of wood to which I've added little rubber feet.
     
  3. foody518

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    I've got the little suehiro pond with the 2 individual feet grips. Kitchen countertop, next to the sink. 

    Big tub for the long time soakers (beston, bester, gesshin 220 I feel works a bit better this way). Smaller pan for the 1-2 stones during a sharpening session that may just require a quick soak. I've gotten some more splash and go in the recent 3 months or so which has been a pleasant change.
     
  4. kevpenbanc

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    Sink bridge, splash and go.
    10-20 minutes and I can touch up 2-4 knives.
    Quick and clean.
     
  5. ordo

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    Time ago i made myself an antivibration rubber brick, I sharpen there. Here's with the Bester 1200.




     
  6. millionsknives

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    Wow that rubber brick is cool!  My setup used to be stone holder on the counter next to the sink.  If swarf ran off I would wipe it with a paper towel.  This was great but my new apartment has very little counter space next to the sink.  

    I'm considering a tub (like a cambro) and stone bridge setup, but weighing other options.  Too late to learn to sharpen sitting down at this point.

    This setup would be mobile AND it's good for soaking
     
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  7. ordo

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    And here're my strops, that i made myself.

    This one is 50cm. X 8 cm, made of wood, glass and loaded leather. It's the strop i use always.

    Knife there is a yo Deba 240 mm. Long strops work much, much better.


    Balsa strop




    A shorter strop unloaded




    Enjoy, knife nuts!
     
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  8. sal paradise

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    My setup is pretty simple.
    A half sheet pan with a non-slip shelf liner, then the plastic base that came with the Shapton pro, and a quarter pan to soak the king. I keep a spray bottle handy for keeping the stones wet, A wine cork for deburring, some newspaper and an old leather belt for stropping
     
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  9. millionsknives

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    I got one of these 


    My big problem is the table is shaky when I use it.  On the counter it is a bit too high.  

    On the plus side

    -I work cleaner,

    -easy water access

    -mobile
     
  10. foody518

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    The actual table shakes? Or the pan slides?
     
  11. millionsknives

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    I put a kitchen towel under.  It's the cheap dining table I have that squeaks
     
  12. atatax

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    every table i use at home or work shakes :)
     
  13. millionsknives

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    I'm okay with that as long as the leg doesn't break, dropping $500 of stones on the ground /img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gif
     
  14. ordo

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    Too many movable parts in that setup.

    My rubber brick, joined with Vileda Window Cloth is immobile over the marble countertop.

    No hassle, no fuss. I recommend it.
     
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