David R wrote: ↑Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:28 pmWhy are so many people recommending diamond plates for Henckels knives? These are probably 1.4116 steel at 57 HRC.
Unless you need diamond stones for some of your Spyderco or or other knives, I'd get a cheap, simple stone. You can get a King combination stone (250 and 1K grit) that will sharpen these knives perfectly well, including cleaning up the edge. Depending on how bad it is it could take a while at 250, but it will get you there. And if you touch them up even every few months you should not ever have to reprofile the edge again. My soft German steel kitchen knives seem to do ok at ~18 degrees. Maybe 17, but that's pushing it. At 20 dps they don't cut well enough to be usable (imo).
I recommended diamond stones because I think it’s silly to spend money on a stone that can only sharpen a small subset of my knives.
I’d rather spend a little more and get a stone that can handle any knife I own. Just me though.