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Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System
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- Rotating triangle block for easy stone rotation and identification.
- Premium honing solution cleans and protects the sharpening surfaces.
- 3-stones make a complete sharpening system.
- Non-skid base with "V" trough for oil drips.
- Sharpening angle guide to teach basic correct angle for first-time user.
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Smith's TRI-6 three-stone sharpening system features a medium Arkansas stone, fine Arkansas stone, and coarse synthetic stone mounted on a molded plastic triangle with handles on the end for easy stone rotation and easy-to-read stone identification. The sturdy molded plastic base has nonskid rubber feet for safety, "V" trough to catch the oil drippings, and is easy to clean. A bottle of Smith's premium honing solution and a sharpening angle guide are also included.
- Put a small amount of honing solution on your stone. Don't use a lot of lubricant as a small amount goes a long way. Using a natural stone without a lubricant or water will damage and clog your stone. It protects the stone and the cutting edge of the knife or tool by washing away the particle of stone and metal created during the sharpening process. If necessary, water can be used as a substitute.
- To insure the proper sharpening angle on your knife, place the yellow Smith's angle guide at the end of your stone. This shows you the proper angle we recommend to use in order to obtain the sharpest edge. Next, place your blade flat on the angle guide at the end of the stone. Now you are ready to begin the sharpening process.
- Push the blade away from you just like you are trying to carve a thin slice off the top of the stone. Don't be afraid to use pressure against the stone while sharpening since it will not damage the stone or your knife. Repeat this pushing stroke three or four times. Remember, try to keep the same approximate sharpening angle all the time, since this is the key to obtaining the sharpest edge.
- To sharpen the other side of your knife, simply place your blade at the opposite end of your Smith sharpening stone and repeat the above steps, but instead of pushing the knife away from you, pull it towards you. Continue to sharpen until you feel that your blade is truly sharp.
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.
What's in the Box
1 Course Synthetic (400 grit)
1 Medium Synthetic (600 grit)
1 Natural Fine Arkansas Stone (Approx. 1000-1200 Grit)
Package Quantity: 1 | Style Name: Black
Top Customer Reviews
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I have 4 Chicago Cutlery Chef's knives that were collecting dust for years and stopped using them because they were all very dull and nicked. I didn't even bother sharpening them and I just kept buying a new one when the previous one gets too dull to cut.
For the test, I tried my best to get the sharpest edge possible within a 10 minute window. Anything more than 10 minutes for me is just too much time.
1. Fastest in getting a sharp edge - Accusharp and Smith's Adjustable Pull thru
2. Sharpest edge - Wusthof Diamond Steel
3. Simplest to use - Accusharp and Smith's Adjustable Pull thru
4. Smoothest in slicing Bond Paper - Wusthof Diamond Steel
5. Most expensive - Wusthof Whetstones
6. Least expensive - Accusharp
It seemed like the Smith's and the Wusthof Whetstones needed a bit more time than I allocated. So, I proceeded to continue sharpening until I got it as sharp as I could.
The Wusthof Whetstone would have won in the sharpest edge and smoothest slicing thru bond paper after about an hour of careful sharpening. The learning curve is considerably longer than the other 3 options.Read more ›
I agree with one of the other reviewers on the size - they are a little small for full size knives, requiring the user to work just a little bit harder. This is the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars.
This sharpening system got my knives razor sharp - literally. I was able to shave hair from my forearm with my Santoku after sharpening with this product. The kit is well made, with the plastic parts being very thick and durable - I expect it to last a while.
Because the base is smooth and flat, I recommend putting it down on something non stick (I used a damp towel) when sharpening larger knives, it helped a lot.
I like sharpening knives; have been doing in for several decades now. For myself I find it relaxing and soothing. I am extremely methodical about the whole process and never hurry.
Now there are all kinds of very expensive and complicated sharpening systems out there and quite a number of them work quite well. For me though, the plane stone works the best and no matter what system I buy or use I always return this the stone.
The system being reviewed here is extremely workable and does the job I paid it for. It is relatively inexpensive and a pleasure to work with. The stones on this unit are a bit smaller than some I have used in the past, but like another reviewer here, I adjusted quite well.
Like others, I found the base was a bit of a concern at first as it does slide from time to time...depending upon what surface you place it on. I solved this by using a rather large piece of think leather spread out on the table...the same piece I use to lay over my leg when flint knapping to keep myself from cutting my leg off.
Anyway, I have yet to find a knife I could not sharpen with this time. I do use plenty of oil (which by the way should be used on any such stone. I use special honing oil most of the time but to be honest, simple old vegetable oil works quite well too.
If you need them, the set comes with a nice set of instructions with useful tips.Read more ›
Pro- comes with the stones already set in the unit, comes with the oil (don't ever skip the oil), good seatting for the stones. Good Price to move beyond an entry level single stone, but not as costly as the 10 inch, $100 models.
Con-I wish it was about 2 inches longer. A person has to be careful with a Santoku knife or butcher's knife to not run the blade off the end and nick it before you draw the entire length of the blade.
In reality, you should have an inch of stone to every inch of blade. This is a good starting point for someone wanting to sharpen their knives on an amateur level. (this is not idustrial in any way).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best price I could find for a tri-stone sharpener and delivery was quick.Published 1 hour ago by John Pen
Well made and very convenient.Does a great job if you know what you are doing.Comes with a small bottle of honing solution,but i soak the stones in water for some time before using... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ogostaboy
Looks great feels great and the oil comes in a nice secure bottle that shouldn't leakPublished 4 days ago by Jacob Lewis
I get a lot of stuff on Amazon. but this item Not impressed at allPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Headline days it all.... Easy to do .. Even though I'm a beginner... Able to shave hair easily.Published 6 days ago by Corey
When I first got the sharpener, I thought it was a bit small. That was soon proven irrelevant for me. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Alexander