So here we have the Nano Hone whetstones and base from @ourworldisflat. These were sent to me as part of a reddit r/chefknives passaround sponsored by @mtckitchen out of NYC. Thank you folks for the experience! So far I have only sharpened 3 knives, all carbon steel, but I have to say I really enjoyed the process of using these, and I think that overall it is a really well designed and approachable sharpening system. The kit consists of 3 white ceramic splash and go stones- 400, 1000, and 6000 grit, with a proprietary stone holding base. Other than a lapping plate, this is everything you would need in a tidy little package. Price is a bit on the steep side at a little under 300 all in, but a good portion of that is in the base (110) and in reality the stones are priced in the same ballpark as similar quality options. The stones can be purchased and used without the base, but the base only works in conjunction with the specially designed plates. Despite being a pricy add on, the base was my favorite part of the equation and would be my main motivator for buying this kit. Heavy, (4lb 3oz/1.9k) with nonskid treads, it stayed firmly in place on my counter even when wet. It is sleek and sets the stones up from your surface in perfect position with no odd protuberances to get in the way. The stones themselves performed very well, as should be expected, perhaps the biggest downside is the propensity to load up and glaze a bit, which minimally slowed down what was otherwise a pretty quick cutting process. Mud formation was nonexistent, and the stones seemed to wear and dish very slowly.
Despite too many tired comparisons of all manner of products as the “Mac of _____ industry” I think here it is definitely appropriate. A little pricey, a lot proprietary, but exceptionally well designed with high performance at the forefront and a lot of thought towards user experience. Overall, if you do a lot of sharpening, or don’t do a lot, but appreciate a simple yet high performance system, and are willing to pay a bit more for it, i think this kit is very nice and would be appropriate for a wide range of sharpening needs. Cheers!
You guys like choil shots right? I’m still playing with photographing the choil indoors, but I’m making headway I think.
I tried doing an accordion cut on some damascus today, it’s not looking very promising. 😅😢 It May end up being a wasted billet. Learning isn’t easy and it sure as hell isn’t free but it’s up to us to remain positive and just keep pushing!