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Sharping knives using Water Stones.

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by snapshot2017, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. snapshot2017


    Jan 28, 2017
    Anyone else using Japanese water stones to sharpen their knives?
  2. Bob6794


    Apr 21, 2013
    Lots of us do, I don't though. Diamonds and ceramic are my go to stone.
  3. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
  4. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Diamond hones work on all steels; water stones work great on high carbon steels but are too soft to cut powder steels with high volumes of extremely hard carbides.
    lonestar1979 and Mo2 like this.
  5. Odds

    Odds Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    I use water stones on my axes and bushcraft knives. I have read and heard that they are not suitable for many of newer super steels so I have stuck to my diamond stones for my folders.
    Mo2 likes this.
  6. Dobe_1


    Jun 19, 2013
    I have water stones, but prefer Arkansas and India oil stones.
  7. worshipNtribute


    Jan 12, 2012
    I do it - using a gesshin 1000/6000 on all of my knives. CRK, spyderco, benchmade. Nothing too exotic. Edges are great.
  8. FullMetalJackass

    FullMetalJackass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2016
    I do it, they work great once you are used to them.
  9. Wowbagger

    Wowbagger Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    My preference is water stones.
    The Shapton Glass water stones sharpen many high end alloys.
    I love Norton 4,000 and 8,000 stones.
    My Shapton Pro water stones really do if for me on my A2 woodworking plane blades and high end Japanese laminated steel chisels which are White Paper #1 and Special Blue Steel
    I just got a water stone from Gtitomatic for my Edge Pro Apex that is called their G8 8,000 it is a fantastic water stone for finishing and polishing an edge. It is Silicon Carbide so it works on many alloy steels.
    Sergeua likes this.
  10. Ourorboros


    Jan 23, 2017
    Yes, depending on steel.
    While not Japanese, I also enjoy my Belgian Blue and Coticule.
    Actually I avoid diamond stones unless I am sharpening a high wear steel. Just don't enjoy the feel. However I'm considering getting a DMT extra extra fine.
    dantzk8 and Dobe_1 like this.
  11. Dobe_1


    Jun 19, 2013
    Not into diamond stones either,
  12. CableGirl


    Aug 19, 2018
    Yes. Yes I do. Nanawa Chosera/Professional in various grits from 400 to 12k do good service to all my knives.
  13. samuraistuart

    samuraistuart KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 21, 2006
    On the lower alloy steels, absolutely love using waterstones.
    Naniwa Pro 400
    Shapton Pro 1000
    Naniwa Green Brick 2000
    King 4000 (silky smooth stone, love it)
    Suehiro 8000 (silky smooth stone, love it)
    Chinese 12000
  14. weeping minora

    weeping minora Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 24, 2017
    Shapton Glass stones have sharpened any steel I've thrown at them; and although I'm not fond of the SUPER super steels to begin with, I feel they'd cut steels with quite a decently carbide-rich diet.
    Beansandcarrots likes this.
  15. me2


    Oct 11, 2003
    I use them on the 2 Japanese kitchen knives I have. 220 grit Norton, 1000 & 4000 grit King stones. Once they were rebeveled, I can usually start and finish with the 4000, though for fun I sometimes go to the 10,000 grit lapping film.
  16. Gvard


    May 5, 2017
    I hate every one I've used. SiC, ceramic and diamonds for me.

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