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- 2 Arkansas stones (Fine & Medium) & 1 Coarse synthetic stone.
- Stones Mounted on Rotating Molded Plastic Triangle for Easy Stone Rotation and Identification
- Molded Plastic Base with Nonskid Rubber Feet for Safety
- Sharpening Angle Guide Ensures Correct Angle every time
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Smith's TRI-6 Three-stone Sharpening System features one Coarse Synthetic (400 grit), one Medium Synthetic (600 grit), and one Natural Fine Arkansas Stone (Approx. 1000-1200 Grit) mounted on a molded plastic triangle with handles on the end for easy stone identification and rotation.
6” x 1 5/8” x 3/8”Medium Arkansas Stone - 600 Grit
Fine Arkansas Stone- 1,000 Grit
Coarse Synthetic Stone
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)
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Smith's TRI-Hone Sharpening stones($23)
Smith's Adjustable Pull Thru Knife sharpener($26)
Wusthof 9 inch Diamond Steels (1 Course and 1 Fine Rods. $60 x 2 = $120)
Wusthof Whetstone fine and super fine(4451 and 4452)($90 x 2 =$180)
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.
The Smith's TRI-Hone would have been one step below or tied with the Wusthof Diamond Steel in Sharpest edge and slicing, except it took about 15 minutes. It helps that the stones have an angle guide that has 23 degrees.
The Accusharp only took 10 seconds to sharpen the knife to a point where it can slice paper and a tomato. I would say it gets you to a usable sharpness. This has no learning curve. Ridiculously easy.
The Wusthof Diamond Steels takes about 3 minutes to sharpen with the Course rod then the Fine. But I can clearly tell when I slice through paper that is a smoother edge than the Accusharp.
The Smith's Adjustable Pull Thru Knife Sharpener has a selector that you can actually dial in the exact blade angle you want. It is very easy to use and has more features than the Accusharp. I found that you can use this to set the blade angle then use the Wusthof Diamond steel FINE Rod to clean up the edge and give it a smooth sharp edge.
My Smith's TRI-Hone is the simplest stone to learn among Stone sharpeners and gives you a good manually created edge. If you are new to sharpening but want to take it a step further than a quick sharpen from Accusharp or the Smith's Pull thru sharpener, you won't go wrong using this. Instructions are clear and gives you performance like the WUSTHOF Diamond Steels for a fraction of the price. It just takes a little more time than the Diamond Steels.
Bottom line is you can be like me and buy all of these sharpeners and depending on how much time you can spare, you can use whichever will do the job in the time allocated. So if you have an hour to spare and you find it soothing, get the Wusthof Whetstones. If you are in a rush, a few swipes of the Accusharp and you are up and running. The best middle ground for me are the Wusthof Diamond Steel rods. Easy to use, quick and extremely sharp, but expensive.
Mix and match the different sharpening tools and you will find a setup that is perfect for you.
I hope this test helped you.
The first time I sharpened my knives, I used the medium stone to start and finished it off on the fine stone. It was better than using a brand new knife the next day! None of my blades were dull or damaged to the point of needing the course stone...yet. Like others, I did find that longer blades are more difficult to run across a 6" stone. For the price though, I'm making do and not complaining. I just pull the blade across faster than down the length of the stone and it works all the same. With a little practice, sharpening is a breeze and the angle guide won't be needed. Now, I usually run my knives across the fine stone a couple times a week along with regular honing. If I decide to purchase the more expensive and longer stones, I'll look to Smith's again. Buy this product, sharpen your knives and love the results.
The setup is very stable and the little plastic angle guide is helpful. However, it assumes you want to do all your knives at that angle. Look up which angle is best for the purpose of your knife. Cleavers, for example, should have a different angle than slicing knives and razors (though I wouldn't doa razor on this one, the stones are too coarse).