This 'short' set of stones is intended to be something of a 'starter' set giving you enough to get your blades in good shape, and take them to a very serviceable edge suitable for most woodworking blades and kitchen knives.
It consists of a Sigma Power ceramic #1000 (Hard or Soft), A Sigma Power ceramic #6000 or Sigma Power 'Jinzo-renge-suita' #6000, a 1-2-3 Brand 2 screw stone base or
Suehiro 'Free size' base (with tray) or
an iWood style rubber and an iWood diamond plate (in #150, #300 or #800) for keeping the stones nice and flat.
For tools, the Sigma Power ceramic #1000 (Hard) and #6000 are strongly dish resistant, fast cutting and easy to use. I highly recommend them for sharpening chisels and plane blades in all commonly available steel types.
For kitchen knives, the Sigma Power ceramic #1000 (soft) and Jinzo-renge-suita #6000 are a little more friable, making them less dish resistant but faster cutting and with superior feedback. Again, suitable for most common knife steels.
Of course, you can mix and match stones to your hearts desire.
The bases offered are rudimentary, and included because the #1000 stones and Jinzo-renge-suita #6000 have no attached bases, and really do need something to elevate them above the work surface.
The iWood #300? It's economical, long lasting and works very well at keeping sharpening stones flat, as well as being suitable for occasional coarse work with steel.
While these two stones will not give you the extreme edge the Sigma Power ceramic #13000 will allow, this short set costs significantly less, doesn't sacrifice on quality or utility and still includes a means to hold the stones in place during use as well as a diamond plate for flattening.
Video explanation of this sharpening stone set.
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 01 September, 2011.