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Sharpening stones and their uses :

Would you like to look after your Laguiole knife yourself ? Then you need to know everything about sharpening tools in order to make the right choice ad take care of your favourite knife.

In order to be perfectly aware of all the subtle differences between each of the sharpening rods available on the market, we have gathered all the tips and pieces of advice of our experts. Read in our sharpening rods section the description of the many uses and characteristics of these tools designed to maintain your Laguiole knife.

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Discover in this article what are the best stones to sharpen your favourite knife. Appropriately sharpening your knife will maintain a perfect edge for many weeks, and this should make sharp blades lovers happy !

Use a coarse-grained stone for roughing out or a badly damaged edge then a fine sharpening stone for the finish or a valuable knife (less risks if something gets wrong).

Always use water even on an oil stone an Arkansas stone sold with an bottle of oil will be OK with water better than with oil expect if the stone has been used with oil you must go on with the oil which will have invaded the pores of the stone, and thus of no use with water.

1) The stone from Arkansas, a very hard stone which can't be worn away can be found hard (grey) or soft (white a little less hard). Ideal to do everything or nearly if the edge is not too much damaged (if not it takes time) use water rather than oil.

2) Stone from Vielsalm a small Belgian village where you can find a stone unique in the world, very thing, made of tiny garnet grains in a schist. Use it with water, it wears out quickly (it splits from the grain) but the very hard garnet grains can attack the hardest stainless steel, with it, you can get a razor edge without a strop, but it's rather expensive. You can have it flat again by rubbing it on another of the stone from Vielslam always with water.

3) The stone with diamonds or DMT stone: very convenient unbreakable can be used without water (just for help) and everywhere often in a pocket. The price is the only problem but it will attack the hardest steel.

4) The stone for scythes or synthetic stone, 1,5 $ a pair. Convenient for the roughing out, you will obtain a coarse ridged edge which will cut fairly well and won't last.

5) The moonstone sold some time ago, rub two stones to obtain a foam. Dunno !

A big stone will be easier to use but more expensive, the price will be prohibitive for the stone of Vielsalm

To put it in a nutshell, if you must buy only one, buy two :

- A stone of Arkansas which can be easily found for a razor edge if you want.

-1,50 € stone in a supermarket for the works the roughng out. If you break it or spoil it, you will easily recover!