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wet stones to sharpen knives, what are they made out of?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

I am curious, what are the wet stones made out of? I have read some people say they are clay based, what is the abrasion from? Sand?

 

I am looking at buying some stones to sharpen my new knives and wanted to know what im scrubing them with.

post #2 of 5

http://www.toolsfromjapan.com/wordpress/?p=911

http://www.toolsfromjapan.com/wordpress/?p=539

Some info from interesting blog posts about stones and compositions interspersed with other info.

 

Abrasives include aluminum oxide, silicon carbide, or others.

 

King brand stones are probably the most well known clay binder stones. Clay dishes more readily than other types of binders.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

I have ordered a tojiro dp, should i be spending about the same amount on a sharpening stone as I did for my knife? I am looking at getting a single stone, maybe a bester 1200  .. though I would like to find something a  little higher. 2k or 3k.

 

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/bester1200.html 

 

 

I wanted to make sure that I'm not bringing something into my home to sharpen what will cut my food with that could be potentially hazardous. If that makes any sense.

post #4 of 5
Clean your knife after sharpening...

Do not eat the swarf
post #5 of 5

bester 1200 is fine...the knife could certainly make use of a higher grit stone in addition to it.

 

All that's happening is you're abrading. clean the knife and the stone when you're done. No invisible chemicals or vapors.

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