Types of bars
Along with time-honored stonesNow all sorts of artificial bars are common. In general, they can be divided into four types: natural, diamond, ceramic and artificial. Let's consider each of them separately.
Natural knives for sharpening knives
The most famous of the natural stones is"Arkansas stone" (Novakulit) and Japanese water stone. Both of these modern industries have learned to do artificially, so they can be called natural only with a certain stretch. However, even those manufactured in an industrial way, these bars are very expensive, and working with them requires special patience and skills. So, for example, a water stone should be soaked for a long time before work, and during the grinding process, it should be constantly lubricated and washed off the metal dust from the surface. In addition, these bars are quickly and unevenly grinded, and it is difficult to restore them. Meanwhile, they give the highest quality sharpening and are therefore popular among professionals. The beginner is unlikely to buy or use such stones.
Diamond stones for sharpening knives
This is a very popular type of bars. They have a lot of advantages and practically do not have shortcomings. They come in a variety of sizes and granularity, they are easy to find on sale. Diamond bars for sharpening knives are inexpensive, wear-resistant, highly effective. However, it should be taken into account that the high efficiency of metal processing requires a certain caution, since it is easy to damage the edge of the blade with a diamond bar. Such a stone is probably the best choice for a beginner master. Particularly good results can be achieved using a diamond bar along with a ceramic bar (for finishing work).
Ceramic bars for sharpening knives
Ceramic stones - the most modern ofcurrently used types of grinding bars. They are made of a special ceramic powder and combine the virtues of natural and diamond stones. Their use makes it possible to achieve the same high quality sharpening as that of natural stones, but at the same time, "ceramics" practically does not wear out and does not change the shape.
Abrasive artificial stones
This is usually electrocorundum or different carbides insoft binders. These bars for knife sharpening are known to everyone since Soviet times and do not need to be presented. They choose metal well, but wear out quickly and are not suitable for filigree sharpening, but they are extremely cheap and available.