First post from a long time, yet intermittent lurker.
I stumbled across a post of yours over a year ago and have checked back periodically to see what you had to say. After reading many of your posts (and other well-informed forum members) I decided it was time to get some "good" knives. I have been using a well-worn set of Henkels that were "well-worn" when handed down to me 10 years ago. I have had them sharpened professionally twice and maintained them with a kinda crappy, but slightly serviceable Edgemaker Cross Stick set.
After too many hours of reading this site, I decided that I wanted a K Sabatier Au Carbone 10' Chef's. After I ordered it, I spent some time reading about patinas and opted to soak it in vinegar and follow with a windex wash to start the process. I loved the knife so much I ordered an 8' Chef's, an 8" Slicer, a 6' Fillet, and a 4" Parer. They have all had the vinegar/windex treatment as well.
I am a guillotine cutter and much prefer the French profile over the German profile.
I understand that I need to learn how to sharpen properly. I figure that I can practice on the Henkels and then work on the Sabatiers. My well-meaning father gave me a long lecture on water stones, but I am not sure that he really knows what he is talking about. He also gave me the following at the end of the lecture:
- a MAC Black Ceramic Honing Rod
- a 8"x3"white water stone with Japanese writing on it and an English marking of "S-1500"
- a 10"x 4" gray-ish stone with no markings that is worn in the center.
He swears that the white stone is 1500 grit (makes sense) and that the gray stone is 5000 grit. The gray stone feels coarse to the touch, while the white one feels smooth and hard. I'm guessing that the gray one is 500 grit, not 5000.
This ends the "brain-dump" portion of my post.
Now here are my questions:
- Should I ditch his stones and save up for the Bester/Beston/Arashiyama combo that you suggested in the Time to get a new knife - suggestions? thread?
- If not, do you think that I am wight in assessing these stones. Should I buy a high grit stone and keep the other two?
- The MAC hone is in new-in-box condition. No reason not to use it, right?
Thank you for all of your posts and any input you care to give here.
David the Sausagemaker