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Sunday I posted a link to an Amazon Daily Deal on a Wetstone (1000/6000) for knife sharpening. I went ahead and got one as well as a 3000/8000 stone. I received them today and tried them out. Here is the 1000/6000 stone. It came with this nice holder. Here is the stone soaking, Here is the 3000/8000 stone soaking. Can you see the bubbles as it absorbs the water? It came with this rubber gasket that makes it fit in the holder that came with the other stone. Tried them out on this cheap knife that was in bad shape. First the 1000 side. then the 3000 and lastly the 6000. Here is the result. (I still need to work on the tip) I'll continue to practice on my cheap knives to get better and then move on to my better knives. All in all I'm pretty happy with these.
Not sure if this is the right place or not, but I'm looking for a product review so I guessed this would be okay. I'm looking into getting a knife "steel" (I think thats the correct spelling for the tool). I tried to do some research online, but most searches looking for "Knife Steel" return with info about the different quality/grade of the steel blade, not the actual steel used for honing the edge. I've see a lot of price variation on these and I'm trying to figure out how one could be better than another? So far I've determined, a diamond steel tends to remove too much of the metal off the knife edge, requiring sharpening more often. Ceramic are nice, but also fragile. So I think I might be leaning toward a plain jane steel one. Anything in particular I'm looking for? I know some have a grooved patter on the steel and it seems others are just textured. Any and all info and links to reccomendations are appreciated! Also, not looking to break the bank on this...as I assume more of my money will be put towards a different sharpener. Also, John, if you read this, I know we have a ton of cutlery/knife/sharpening discussions on here. Might even be worth creating a new section somewhere just for cutlery?