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???
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.