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Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System

  • Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System
  • Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System
  • Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System
  • Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System
  • Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System

Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System

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Delivery Time: 15-20 days
Delivery Time: 15-20 days

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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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Already Falling ApartI ve only had this unit for a little over a week and it s already falling apart on me. I placed it on my wooden workbench and have sharpened a few knives and small hatchets so far. The rubber feet are already ripping up and the medium stone has fallen off the main unit (looks to be held by only two spots of glue). While it does sharpen well, the unit appears to be poorly made. I did not drop or abuse this unit in anyway. I do not want to return to Amazon now because the unit does look used and I don t want an issue with the return. I contacted Smith support and they wanted me to ship the item back for inspection (at my expense). I m just going to call this one a loss and go with another brand. Hope this helps! 1Excellent Sharpening System For the Casual Home UserAt the price range you can get this sharpener, it is a very good buy. Good water stones will cost you $40 a piece but are much larger so easier to move your blade across. This is under $30 for 3 stones and a stand but the stones are about 7/8" smaller in width and 2" smaller in length than a traditional Japanese water stone. If you are used to using larger stones, you may have a hard time adjusting to the size of these stones. If you are a beginner or someone used to more casual sharpening with a rod or a smaller pocket stone, this is a nice step up and perhaps a good introduction to stones especially if you own a few smaller blades or pocket knives.If you haven't used a sharpening stone before, it does take some practice before getting used to. The blade guide that comes with it can be helpful for some blades but not all. If you aren't sure of the edge angle on your blade, it's best to check with the manufacturer of your knife for recommendations on proper sharpening and edge angle. Most of my knives are a Scandi grind which has a very high bevel angle and sharpening them on these stones is super easy without the edge guide.Most importantly I think is using the right stone for the current condition of your knife. Most times you are NOT going to be using the coarse grit stone unless your knife is super dull (usually from not being maintained properly). I often start with the medium grit stone which removes minimal metal from the blade. The fine stone is for taking it that last little bit or maybe just for touching up a bit before doing some more serious work with your knife. You could then finish off with a leather strop block if you wanted but most of the time that is overkill in my opinion. Who really needs to split hairs anyway?Overall, I think this is an excellent sharpening system for someone that is a more casual knife user (camper, hunter, hiker, bushcrafter) that likes maintaining there own blades at home. A more serious user, or perhaps collector, of knives will want a more serious sharpening system like Japanese water stones or a precision diamond/ceramic set-up. 5Will enable you to make em razor sharp.So I bought this one for my son mainly because of the reviews and even before he had a chance to use it I bought another at Walmart. I am very satisfied. I soaked the three blocks in water for most of the knives I sharpened and went about sharpening everything in sight. It wasn't sharp until I could share the hair on my arm. I am happy to say that all my hunting knives are razor sharp as are all my kitchen knives. I hope the hair doesn't itch as it grows back in. When I finished I took a rubber scrubber with some Dawn dish soap and scrubbed each one before I put it away. I had sharpened about 15 knives and after it was cleaned it looked brand new. I would recommend buying this and go on YouTube to see how to use it properly. I do have some experience sharpening lathe tools and a block plane. Sharpening knives is much easier. Consistent angle and pressure are the most important things. 5The worst sharpening stone I've bought in yearsThis stone clogs up, I only did 20 passes with a knife on the coarse stone and the stone became as polished as glass. Tried to recondition it with diamond powder like I do with my other stones even then it didn't work the stone doesn't come back to its original condition. I see so many good reviews here I wonder if those people got paid for those reviews or they don't know what a good stone should look like and how it should perform. By the way no complains about the fine stone which is a natural Arkansas stone, but the synthetics once are pretty bad. 1Knife sharpening ComparisonI always wondered which knife sharpener is the best one to get. So I went ahead and setup a test. I just bought a new set of the following sharpeners from Amazon. This is my test:NEW SHARPENERS: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)Accusharp($10)Wusthof Whetstone fine and super fine(4451 and 4452)($90 x 2 =$180)KNIVES: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.TEST RESULTS:1. Fastest in getting a sharp edge - Accusharp and Smith's Adjustable Pull thru2. Sharpest edge - Wusthof Diamond Steel3. Simplest to use - Accusharp and Smith's Adjustable Pull thru4. Smoothest in slicing Bond Paper - Wusthof Diamond Steel5. Most expensive - Wusthof Whetstones6. Least expensive - AccusharpANALYSIS: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.Conclusion: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. 5A Great Choice - Kitchen Knives are now Super Sharp!I think the Smith's 6" Tri-Hone kit is great.I am a sharpening novice and didn't want to spend much on my first attempt at using sharpening stones.I found this and decided the price was right. I am very happy with my purchase. It got my stainless steel kitchen knives sharper than new!I decided not to use the included honing oil because it is not NSF. I am using water insteadMineral oil was an option, but oil is messy. I clean the stones with Dawn detergent and a toothbrush.I am definitely novice but I have learned a lot.Knife sharpening is not as challenging as it once seemed. and remember it gets easier with practice.1. Technique - There are a ton of videos from experts on YouTube. Watch them and learn.2. Consistency is everything - Keeping consistent angle is more important than the perfect angle you sharpen.3. Keep it even - Pressure and number of strokes should be the same for each side. Be consistent as you draw the blade across the stone. The bevel should be the same thickness from heel to point.4. Patience - Don't change from coarse to medium (or fine) until the Knife is sharp. A light touch is better. Go back to a courser grit if you need to.5. Feel the wire - The wire is a burr that develops along the edge. As the knife gets sharp, you'll be able to feel the wire by running a finger across the edge (NOT ALONG the edge). Sharpening your knife reduces the width of the cutting edge thinner than aluminum foil. As you sharpen on one side, The super thin edge is pushed (ie folded) over to the opposite side. You can think about moving to a finer grit stone when you feel the wire.6. Keep the cutting edge facing away from your hand when you wipe off the knife. The knife may be sharper than you think. A sharp knife will cut right through a towel and your skin before you feel it.7. Don't let your knife get too dull once it is sharp. Once you get a kitchen knife sharp, you may only need the medium and fine stone.8. Use a honing steel to align the cutting edge if the knife gets a little dull.5 Stars. 5Never in my wildest dreams....has someone tried to pawn such junk off on me. I wouldn't give give $2 for this at benefit for charity for widows, orphans or puppies.First off, as you can see, the medium grit was not attached to the rotating bench when I opened the box. I could have easily overlooked that by reattaching it with some all purpose Gorilla glue. I was actually going to but when I took a look at the quality of the medium stone itself I was stunned. See the attached pictures. But bits of the stone matrix are bonded to the top. It was everywhere. My camera can only focus on one area on the center, but trust me it's on every square inch of the front and back. You can't scrap it off with a thumb nail. It's solid. You might say "on that will come off after a few passes with a knife". NOT WITH ANY OF MINE IT WON'T. Plus on the edges there's raised lips, meaning that the surface is not flat.Just as important to the product described, the fine stone is not TRUE ARKANSAS STONE. It's nothing more than two colored grits souped together and placed in a long mold then cut to length.For the price point, I should have known better.I'm sorely offended that any manufacturer would try to sell such inconsistent junk. It's no different that feeding me cow manure and tell me I'm eating jello, I'm just not that gullible to fall for it. You shouldn't allow yourself to be either. 1Cheap and goodI've used this as my primary stone system for about two years now. Just using these stones and finishing with a leather strop easily produces shaving sharp edges. Especially effective on my morakniv. This is a decent sized set of stones, I've used them extensively for wood chisels and hand plane irons, besides just knives. They will work for a smaller hatchet, but the form factor is not ideal for it.The fine Arkansas stone is very, very nice and has broken in very well with sharpening oil. The course and medium stones are ok, but honestly the medium stone clogs up even with oil and requires a little more finesse. I haven't tried water on those two stones, maybe that would work better.Excellent first choice 4Excellent ValueI would have liked to buy this same type stone setup in a larger size. That aside, these days not a lot of folks carry a pocket knife or ever sharpen a knife or were never taught how to sharpen a knife because sharpening stones are getting harder to find. It works well if the operator knows what they are doing. Mostly I sharpen knives with it but also wood chisels. It works well. Also sewing scissors can be done on this setup as well. Not much more to say. There is a coarse, medium, and fine stone on this setup. I have work space such that I decided to screw it to a bench. A couple of C clamps on the edge of a work bench will do if your space is limited. It needs to be secured so you can " get 'er done" correctly, i.e. apply enough pressure to affect the blade as you draw it across the stone. Don't forget to use oil on the stones as you use them. For what I paid for these stones it was a good purchase. Hint: youtube has videos to teach you how to sharpen a knife if you need instruction. 5Beautifully designedThis is a beautifully designed piece of equipment. The stones are clearly marked at the end, where those red tabs on the side indicate as to which are the coarse, medium or fine grain stones. Switching to each stone is as easy as lifting one of the sections that holds the stone, then turning it to the stone you want to use and re-seating it back into the base. The base is sturdy and stays in place during use without sliding or moving. Highly recommend. 5
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