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    Default What sharpening stone to buy? Need help

    Im new to all this bushcraft lark, managed to make a few nice spoons and knife etc but the time has come to sharpen the knife (cheap mora companion).. I don't have a sharpener and am looking at buying one.. But which one?

    I was going to go for the fallkniven dc4 but there have been many terrible reviews of the new ones, bumpy, falling to pieces and with the ''they don't make them like they used to'' vibe going on.

    I'm not wanting to spend too much so none of these japanese water stones.. something in the range of the 10-20 mark... Instead of trolling through webpages I thought ''who better to ask than everyone?'' so heres the thread :-P

    All suggestions and ideas would be much appreciated..

    Thanks

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    Spyderco double stuff seems very popular as a replacement for the DC4 and ive seen a few in use. they are on my wishlist

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    dc4's do seem to get a bit of bad press these days, but they're still great little stones, i had to finally admit that there was no diamond left on mine recently so split it in half so that i could keep just the ceramic side. from what i understand the more recent fallkniven stones don't have quite the level of finish that they used to, but that shouldn't be a problem at all, if you do get one and the surface isn't up to scratch then five minutes of rubbing it on a bit of wet and dry paper on a nice flat surface should sort it out. if the diamond coated half and the ceramic half part company then i don't really see how that's a problem either, they could be glued back together really easily or just used as they are, two stones for the price of one, you even get a little pouch to keep them together.

    all that said, the "five pound sharpening kit" thread on here (i can't find it at the moment, but some nice person will post a link soon ) tells you everything you could possibly need to know about cheap sharpening options. it's basically a home made sharpening stone and a very good solution it is too

    cheers

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    sweet, cheers.. ill have a search for that kit now

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    DMT Diafold - the red and blue one is a good single choice. Tidy to pack away with the handles protecting the surface, but also giving somethign sensible to hold onto when in use. Very hard to beat.

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    It may be that a more up to date version of the W&D paper is micromesh:

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    Another vote for the Spyderco Doublestuff. It is a great little stone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan_druff View Post
    .....something in the range of the 10-20 mark......
    Quote Originally Posted by BareThrills View Post
    Spyderco double stuff seems very popular as a replacement for the DC4 and ive seen a few in use. they are on my wishlist
    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanD View Post
    Another vote for the Spyderco Doublestuff. It is a great little stone.
    BT or JD, please tell me that you noticed the bit of the OP that i've snipped and quoted here, and then post a link to the retailer. pretty please
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    PS the famous 5 sharpening kit article is

    here

    it is very good
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elines View Post
    PS the famous 5 sharpening kit article is

    here

    it is very good
    cheers for that chris, i knew that someone'd find the link

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    I dont like using rod type systems, much prefer stones! and Strrrrrrrrrrrropping

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    I use a lanky turn ox sharpening system. I get quite good results but not shaving sharp. Although I don't have a strop so that's probably why.
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    I use DMT's but having to make a choice on a pocket stone rather than hones, it would deffo be the double stuff.
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    Yep another one for stones and a good stropping.
    However if you have a DC4 and have problems with it, my diamond side de-laminated blistered and feel to bits, complain! i did and fjallkniven sent me a new set of DC3 & DC4 sharpeners direct in the post, bang on service, and i have to say the new ones havn't given any probs YET!!! but that was a couple of years back now so they are doing well. Can't beat Jap waterstones though.
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    The new stones aren't bad by any means. I've not had a problem with quality at all and have used loads. The thing I really miss is the ultra fine ceramic side of the old version. This new one is slightly more coarse.

    The Gransfors laminated axe puck is another good field stone. Very easy to use.
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