Before buying hones ...
Before buying many customers are faced with the following question: which stone would serve me best? Which stone do I really need from the many possible sizes, forms and grades of particle sizes.
A rule of thumb in sharpening, that we always start with coarser stones-containing larger abrasive material particles - and use the finer and finer ones –containing smaller abrasive particles- afterwards. These will leave smaller scars on the surface of the steel, and the finer stones can be used to polish the fine edge.
The following hints might help to choose the right stones for the intended applications:
A/ Based on the size and type of cutlery:
For professional use, larger blades, household use, average kitchen knives, pocket knives, small fixed blades: HCA
For cleaning other stones, field use, and pruning shears: HCC and HCP
Pedicure and manicure tools: HCJ
B/ Based on the grit (or abrasive particle size):
If we want a single stone: HCA400
-Perfect for butchers and to hone pen knives as a one stone set.
1 stone: HCA600
- This is sufficient for the permanent maintenance of a relatively well-maintained, moderately dulled edge,, daily sharpening chores, It provides a microserrated edge. .
2 stones: HCA280, 600
- Quick profiling on the 280, and the rest is the same as with the one stone solution. Ideal combination sharpening ceramic knives
3 stones: HCA280, 600, 1000
With the 1000 the edge can be further refined and polished, and ideal for burr removal.
The ultimate set: HCA180, 280, 400, 600, 1000, 1200
For those who want to achieve perfectness in knife sharpening.
For each combination to clean and maintain the larger stones we recommend the small HCC 180.