My set of waterstones. I start with 250-grit (coarse) and work up through 15,000 grit

My set of waterstones. I start with 250-grit (coarse) and work up through 15,000 grit

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It's still all about the angle

Just like my standard service, but for this process I have to keep that angle manually. For your high quality knives, you may want a 100% manual sharpening service. I have 7 stone surfaces that I use to take your knife from dull to sharp and highly polished.  I start out with a 250-grit (coarse) Norton waterstone (only if the blade is extremely dull), and progress to 1000, 4000, 8000, 12000 and finally 15000-grit for an amazingly smooth edge. The discerning viewer may notice that I mention 6 grits but that I only show 5 stones. The Norton synthetic stones are double-sided 250/1000 and 4000/8000. I then move to natural Welsh slate stones that are 8000, 12000 and finally 15000-grit. Finally, I finish the blade first on a fabric strop and then a leather strop for that final polish.

This takes much more skill and time than my standard service, which is why it costs twice as much. But the degree of finish is unbeatable.

 Starting with the 1000-grit stone. If the blade is very dull, I’ll start with the 250-grit side.

Starting with the 1000-grit stone. If the blade is very dull, I’ll start with the 250-grit side.

 Steps 2 and 3: the 4000 (white) and 8000 (yellow) grit surfaces.

Steps 2 and 3: the 4000 (white) and 8000 (yellow) grit surfaces.

 Step 6: 12000-grit Welsh slate (steps 4 and 5 not shown)

Step 6: 12000-grit Welsh slate (steps 4 and 5 not shown)

 Step 7: 15000-grit Welsh slate

Step 7: 15000-grit Welsh slate

 Finishing on the leather strop

Finishing on the leather strop