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Side of the waterstone?

post #1 of 8
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It might be a stupid question, but can you use any side of the waterstone to sharpen? I got the new King 1.2K as it's cheap and has decent reviews, should keep me learning, but I like the writing on it and I do not want to erase it. Can I use the other side?

post #2 of 8

i would personally avoid using one of the small sides, but all sides of the stone will sharpen in the case of your king and most other stones (but not all)

post #3 of 8

Trying to preserve the writing is like trying to keep your pencil eraser looking new!  It's made to be used, not saved and gazed at.  Grind away on that sucker!biggrin.gif

"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle
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"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle
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post #4 of 8

couldnt agree more personally

post #5 of 8
Should you alternate sharpening on top and bottom of the stone or just flatten one side and continue to sharpen that side
post #6 of 8

Either way is fine.  You'll take out and clean your flattening tool(s) less often if you use (and flatten) both sides of the stone. 

 

Not counting moving a lot of metal on a soft, coarse stone... you should get somewhere in the neighborhood of three to five knives before the barest hint of dish. 

 

BDL

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Chrismit View Post

Should you alternate sharpening on top and bottom of the stone or just flatten one side and continue to sharpen that side

i would say pick a side... using both sides can lead to stones that wobble more over time or that become trapazoidialy shaped

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks all! I think I will use the back side and leave the front for now :)
 

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