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Flattening Stone for Water Stones

post #1 of 7
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I'm looking to get a flattening stone for my water stones. I don't need it yet, but figure its best to have it available when i do. It looks like there are different grits for different flattening stones, and i was wondering what i should consider while looking at the different grits.

 

For example, this appears to be 220 grit http://www.amazon.com/Naniwa-IO-1142-Japanese-sharpening-flattening/dp/B00BB2SNLO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424038480&sr=8-1&keywords=Naniwa+Flattening+Stone

 

and this appears to be 60 grit http://www.amazon.com/Naniwa-IO-1122-Japanese-sharpening-flattening/dp/B00BB2SNFA/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hi_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=0J4C920YV7YHGE36XS34

post #2 of 7

As I understand these cheap flattening stones don't stay flat very long, and are a real pain to get flat themselves.

 

Recommendations are rather for using drywall screen on a flat surface, or a cheap diamond plate - www.chefknivestogo.com/140grdistflp.html

May need some breaking in as noted in the reviews.

 

 

Rick

post #3 of 7
These unexpensive flattening stones may be very helpful and plenty sufficient to a home user, though.
post #4 of 7
Have them together with your new stones. Some stones need a thin outer layer to be removed, and all have edges to be chamfered or rounded.
Edited by Benuser - 2/17/15 at 11:21am
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by Rick Alan View Post
 

As I understand these cheap flattening stones don't stay flat very long, and are a real pain to get flat themselves.

 

Recommendations are rather for using drywall screen on a flat surface, or a cheap diamond plate - www.chefknivestogo.com/140grdistflp.html

May need some breaking in as noted in the reviews.

 

 

Rick

+1 to diamond plates.There's plenty listing on amazon (guessing you have prime membership.)

post #6 of 7

Another thing to so is use all of your stone so it doesn't dish too much.  Here's what I'm talking about -

 

post #7 of 7

Yeah I try to use my stone evenly as much as possible then use the raised parts more if I see it dishing. 

 

However.... that's only for double bevel.  For single bevels or razors, you want to flatten it properly.

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