Posted By: Thomas
- verified customerI've sharpened 20 knives using this kit now and I am extremely pleased!
First off I am extremely glad I didn't start off using the stock EP stones but got this upgraded Chosera kit. The 400 Chosera is comparable to the 320 EP as far as micron size goes but it works 20x faster, I'm not kidding. It also leaves a great finish. The downside is that the Choseras also wear down faster. I've worn my 400 stone about 1/3 now after 20 knives.
The diamond plate that comes with the kit is sort of like a plate with a sandpaper (diamondpaper...) glued on. It worked very well for the first couple of knives but after doing a knife with a lot of chipped areas that required some grinding the plate was worn down and pretty much useless. If I have a knife that requires a bit of thinning, reprofiling or fixing a chipped edge I now spend way too much time doing this with the 400 stone (like I mentioned before the 220 would take even longer...). I strongly suggest getting the Atoma 140 in addition to this kit. I also don't like the width of the diamondpaper plate. For kitchen knives it works OK but for other knives with more curved shapes it is too wide.
The drill stop collar is also very neat, once the stones start to wear down and get various thickness it ensures that you maintain the correct angle.
The jewellers loupe is also great quality. I do however prefer something with a bit more magnification. You can get 60-100x microscopes from ebay for less than $6 including shipping, in my oppinion a better option.
In addition to the items mentioned I would definitely get the Atoma 140, something to level the stones (silicon carbide or an XXC diamond stone). Another good option is of course some compound like CrO but thats not required (which I consider the two items above to be).
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