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Smith's SK2 2-Stone Sharpening Kit
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- 5 x 1 5/8 x 3/8 mounted medium stone to set the edge.
- 4 x 1 x 3/8 fine Arkansas stone to finish.
- Premium honing solution cleans and protects sharpening surfaces.
- Natural Arkansas stones remove the least amount of metal while polishing your edge to razor sharpness.
- Sharpening angle guide to teach basic correct angle for first-time user.
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Smith's SK2 2-Stone Sharpening Kit
Smith's: The Edge Experts, since 1886
Widely regarded as a world leader for sharpening tools, Smith’s, The Edge Experts, since 1886, lays claim to the design and manufacture of the broadest line of knife, tool, and scissors sharpeners currently available in the Sporting Goods and Hardware markets. The company’s product offering includes both manual and electrical sharpeners ranging from the very simple to the sophisticated and several edge care products. They incorporate a wide variety of abrasive materials including diamond, carbide, ceramic, bonded synthetic abrasives, and natural Arkansas stones.
Two Stone Sharpening Kit Features:
- Five-inch Block Mounted Medium Stone to Set Your Edge
- Four-inch Fine Arkansas Stone to Finish Your Edge
- Premium Honing Solution Cleans and Protects the Sharpening Surface
- Sharpening Angle Guide for the Correct Angle Every Time
Smith's Model Number: SK2
Smith’s 2-Stone Sharpening Kit includes a 5-inch Medium Stone used to set the edge on your knife or tool, and a 4-inch Fine Arkansas Stone used to put the final polished edge on your knife or tool. The Medium Stone comes mounted on a sturdy molded plastic base that features a built-in stone storage area in the bottom for the Fine Arkansas Stone.
A bottle of Premium Honing Solution and a sharpening angle guide are also included.
Sharpening Instructions and Care:
INSTRUCTIONS: Put a small amount of Smith’s Honing Solution on your stone. Place your blade on the end of the stone at the desired sharpening angle. Push the blade away from you just like you were trying to cut a thin slice off the top of the stone. Use moderate pressure; let the stone do the work. Repeat this pushing stroke three or four times. Try to maintain the same approximate angle with each stroke. This is the key to obtaining the sharpest edge. Sharpen the other side of the blade by placing your blade across the opposite end of your stone and repeat previous steps, this time pushing the blade toward you. Continue these steps until you feel your blade is truly sharp.
CARE: Cleaning your stones will keep the pores free of stone and metal particles. After each use, the Arkansas stones should be cleaned by scrubbing vigorously with water, liquid soap, and a stiff nylon brush.
Package Quantity: 1 | Style Name: 1 Kit
Top Customer Reviews
I don't think the kit has changed much since '72. Back then, the bigger of the two stones, a 5" Soft (medium) Arkansas Stone was attached to a wooden base, making it much easier to use in a safer manner than a shorter stone or one without a base. But the draw backs to that is, you only get to use one side of the stone. I found the 4" Hard Arkansas (fine) Stone, though a great stone able to put a very fine edge on a blade, a bit difficult to use because of its short length. It took quite a bit of consistent use to form a habit of sharpening at the correct angle while keeping even pressure on the central part of the blade, with consistent strokes, that avoided cutting my self while holding the stone. A longer hard stone would definitely be easier and safer to use, especially for longer blades.
The '72 kit also contained a 4 oz. can of Smith's Honing Oil, instead of the 1 oz. bottle, as a well as a form-fit plastic case to store everything.
Their original honing oil has been replaced by Smith's Honing Solution. Whether that's an entirely new oil or a new name for an old oil, I don't know. But the original can of oil lasted a long time.
I found the little plastic angle guide pretty much useless to use, for its only as good as an area of a blade that is completely straight.Read more ›
If you look closely at the edge of your knife after using the medium stone, you will see it looks rough and scratched. Once you have a basic sharp edge with your preferred angle, you can use the fine Arkansas stone to put a gleaming, polished, mirror-like, razor-honed edge on your blade. The smoother and more polished you get the edge, the smoother it will cut. It is very important to keep the surface of the Arkansas stone well-lubricated with honing oil to keep the pores clean. If you see a lot of metal residue building, you should give it a scrub under running water, dry it, and re-lubricate. You should give both stones a good scrubbing with dish detergent after you are done with them. Use great care with the small stone if you must hone a knife longer than 6". I have successfully honed a 36" Katana with it, but I'd recommend a larger stone.
The sharpening angle guide is only temporary to get you used to holding a constant angle.Read more ›
I made a wedge shaped "jig" out of cardboard with a 20* angle to it...in order to be sure I was staying near the 20* that the instructions specify.
I also glued a sheet of rubberized shelving material to the back of the large stone...so it will stay put on a table and allow me to keep my left hand away from the blade when sharpening...a major improvement.
Probably best to use a coarser stone to get the factory edge down to where this stone set can hone a final edge.
This stone with the oil works well with small to large knives....allowing you to hone right up near the handle when wanted. You can shape up a larger knife with fewer strokes than you might think.
I use several methods to determine the need for sharpening...look CLOSELY at the edge in bright light...see any "shiny"...it's a dull part of the edge. Try to drag the blade sideways on a fingernail..if it catches...it might be sharp. Then trying to cut through paper?
Only improvement might be a device to act to hold the right angle to the stone...have seen these, but don't have one...am not so sure they would work with a smaller stone. It's also possible that honing freehand might allow for variations in the angle held...that might give a little better edge than a perfect 20*.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I use the whetstone to sharpen all my knives. It's good quality and well worth the cost. Blessings to you all....Published 10 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I work in a warehouse, and using this stone set every couple of days has allowed me to keep my knife as sharp as a pocket razor. I don't really use the angle guide. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dustin Lovell
Just (exactly?) like the one my dad bought in 1970s, which eventually the plastic broke and one of the stones cracked in two, but 40 years is a good run and you really do not need... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cos_
This sharing block is great. It is a little difficult to use at the start but you can get the hang of after awhile. This is a very good productPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Nice sharpening stones. The arkansas stone could be a bit bigger but it still works on my knivesPublished 6 days ago by Wesley A. Pate
This stone sharpening kit has added life to my collection of pocket knives and scissors.Published 7 days ago by Mrggfep
This is a gift for my father since he loves knives and didnt have a very good sharpening system. He told me he loves it so everything sounds good.Published 13 days ago by Barney