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    Default Knife sharpening kit, what do you use?

    i've been looking a quite a lot of knife sharpening stones, the Chinese water stones look really good but they seem quite expensive, the best deal i could find was 3 stones with rubber clamp and polishing stone for 99.99

    does anybody no of where i can get one a bit cheaper or a alternative, What do you use???

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    This set has been popular with a quite a few folk ...

    http://www.axminster.co.uk/product-I...-Kit-23188.htm

    I got a set of water stones second hand a couple of years ago but I probably only use them a couple of times a year. I tend to do any tidying up with a DC4 and then a good strop.
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    You can do alot with the double sided 1000/6000 grit stone from Axminster. That will be more than enough TBH. You don't need the clamp if you use a modified mousemat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shewie View Post
    This set has been popular with a quite a few folk ...

    http://www.axminster.co.uk/product-I...-Kit-23188.htm

    I got a set of water stones second hand a couple of years ago but I probably only use them a couple of times a year. I tend to do any tidying up with a DC4 and then a good strop.
    that is extremely helpful thanks, i've got the DC4, what do you mean by strop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ste carey View Post
    that is extremely helpful thanks, i've got the DC4, what do you mean by strop?
    Getting annoyed when your last pass over the stone removes your carefully nurtured edge!

    No, a strop is usually a leather belt, over which the blade is passed after using stones in order to remove the delicate wire edge burr that is left. This gives you a much stronger edge. If you add an abrasive compound to the strop (toothpaste, autosol metal polish or a dedicated stropping compound) This removes metal from the blade much faster and can be used for touching up a blade and getting a beautifully polished and even edge. I use a piece of cardboard from the back of a sketchpad loaded with autosol rather than leather for a strop.

    Hope this helps

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    In the house, the sublime 5 sharpening kit and the ridiculous EdgePro Apex. I rarely sharpen when out but have a DC4 and a strop when needs must.

    Cheers,

    Alan
    Cheers,

    Alan

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