I am looking at sharpening my knives. At first, I thought the minosharp style gadgets is what I would buy but having found this forum, it seems clear stone sharpening is the best way. Call me OCD but I also like the 'ritualistic' element of sharpening and the fact it is a method and art you develop yourself.
Anyways, I seem to have my eyes set on the JCK 1000/4000 whetstone which is priced well and very cheap to post internationally - I am in Australia. I would like to keep to a budget of $100 +/- for stones plus I have read that a flattening stone is essential.
1. Has anyone used the JCK 1000/4000? Any reviews or opinions would be appreciated.
2. Do I need a coarser or finer stone to go along with that combo?
3. If not the JCK, what would people recommend as a complete stone set from coarse to polishing? JCK has cheaper stones but the grit only looks like it is 600 - 1500 (the Shiageto is labelled as S-1500).
Remember, I'm a beginner at the moment so anything to complex or expensive isn't preferred.
My armoury at the moment:
MAC Pro Chef's knife 210mm (8 months old, very small nicks)
MAC Pro paring knife
Mundial Santoku (my first 'proper' knife, feels like cutting with a butter knife compared to the MAC)