RH Preyda Deluxe Honing Kit
RH Preyda Deluxe Honing Kit
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The Deluxe Honing Kit from RH Preyda features a set of 100-percent natural Arkansas sharpening stones, which are quarried by hand to ensure the utmost quality. Scaled for convenient storage, each kit comes in a custom wooden box and includes a 4-ounce bottle of honing oil Read More

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Feb 16, 2019
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figured I'd drop this here - New to the pocket knife game. I've got a D2 kershaw, an S110V spyderco, and a few Chinese "marked S30v for better resell" so probably alphabet soup (a couple of which came wicked sharp) knives that I got to practice sharpening/honing on. Right now I've got a set of DMT dia-sharp credit card things. I restore fountain pens and I've also got a surgical Arkansas stone for nib work. I guessing this is not the system I want.... or is it? I've been looking at the spyderco options, but they're a tad pricey. Opinions vary pretty widely in the research I've been doing, so I thought I'd ask the friendly massdrop mob. What about a strop? Thanks!
Feb 16, 2019
Dermott
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Feb 17, 2019
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If you want an inexpensive natural stone set to get you rolling, this should do the trick. The two-stone set is probably sufficient, if you've already got a Surgical Black stone. The "hard black" stone in the three-stone set, here, is exactly the same as "surgical" black; they're also sometimes called "true black", "true hard", or "translucent", depending on colour. All of those are the same grade. The three-stone set comes with slightly larger stones, which is a bit nicer. One of the previous purchasers mentioned the stones being not-so-flat... that would be my only concern with this buy. Probably wouldn't matter for most pocket knives, but more sensitive blades (fine kitchen knives, razors) really wouldn't appreciate it.
Feb 17, 2019
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Feb 18, 2019
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Appreciate it!
Feb 18, 2019
stuartkoh
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Dec 18, 2018
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I bought a couple of RH Preyda stones a while back and found that they hadn't been cut properly so as to have right angles and the surface on one of them wasn't even flat. I wound up selling those stones to someone who was willing to work on them to get them usable. I bought stones from another vendor and have been much happier with them. (I went with a vendor that's actually in Arkansas and owns their quarry there.) I would also recommend that anyone looking to buy whetstones get at least 8" stones unless you're looking for something portable to use in the field or something. 5" is too short for most blades, and 6" is only a bit better. It doesn't matter as much if you are sharpening really small blades, but even there it's much easier if you can get used to making a full stroke without having to worry about running off the end of the stone.
Dec 18, 2018
Dermott
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Dec 18, 2018
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If you don't mind me asking, which larger stones did you end up with? Need to get a set of slip stones, first, but I probably get enough use out of the 6x2s to justify springing for a set of proper bench stones, at this point. Did you go 8x2, or 8x3? Longer?
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Dec 18, 2018
stuartkoh
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Dec 18, 2018
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I got them from Dan's. They have good slip stones and other shapes too. I mainly sharpen knives and scissors, but one of my friends is into carving and woodturning, and I know that he's had good luck with Norton slip stones for gouges. I'm pretty sure that both his synthetic and natural slip stones are from Norton. I do have a ceramic benchstone from Spyerco, the ultra-fine one. I like it for when I don't want to use honing oil because it works well with water or even dry. (You just have to use some Comet or other scouring powder to clean it once in a while.) They make slip stones and files too, and I bet they'd work well. Like Arkansas stones, the Spyderco ceramic stones are not very aggressive, so they're not something you'd want to use for repairing a damaged edge. Along with the benchstone, I have Spyderco's Sharpmaker too, and it's very nice for quickly maintaining an edge when I don't have time to bring all my sharpening supplies up and take over the kitchen table while I do some sharpening. :-) I actually hope that my experience with Preyda was not the norm. I don't want anyone to have trouble with the stones they've bought through this drop.
Dec 18, 2018
Instructions_unclear
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Nov 18, 2018
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Bought it without much thought as a drunk purchase and started wondering why it's named a "honing kit." From my understanding, honing and sharpening are different, so would this then not be used for sharpening? Also, what's the best way to clean these?
Nov 18, 2018
Dermott
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Dec 18, 2018
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Dish soap and water works fine for cleaning. I don't really clean mine every use, but when they start feeling glassy, a scrub seems to help.
Dec 18, 2018
CoreyMeath
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Aug 30, 2018
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If somehow the stones ship earlier than the expected date, I'll be thrilled! I've got a few blades in need of sharpening.
Aug 30, 2018
PaLee
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Jul 3, 2018
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Hello forum,
Pardon my ignorance. I just received the deluxe 3 stone kit and have no clue which stone is which. -Soft -Hard -Surgical Black
Please help
Jul 3, 2018
Dermott
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Aug 23, 2018
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Left looks like soft. Right looks like hard black/true black/surgical. Middle one is probably the hard stone, then... I've seen those either be lighter, or darker. If you've got a pocket knife, try them out. The surgical black will feel smooth (not quite glassy), and the soft will feel quite scrapy.
Aug 23, 2018
Mcfroz
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Mar 25, 2018
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Wow the large kit sold out. That's a bummer!
Mar 25, 2018
Jaggi
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Mar 23, 2018
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Hmm, just noticed that the 3 stone kit is now sold out.
With quantities limited to 30 of each kit and only 34 kits purchased in total it seems almost everyone is going for the larger 3 stone kit.
Mar 23, 2018
Jaggi
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Mar 22, 2018
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Just ordered the large 3 stone kit, but noticed on the order confirmation page that my total was $10 too low and there was no mention of the 3 stone kit option I'd selected.
So I went to my transactions page with the intention of cancelling the order and trying again but found that on the transactions page the order did have the correct total and correctly showed the 3 stone kit option.
Hopefully all is well. Anyone else notice this issue when they ordered the large 3 stone kit?
Mar 22, 2018
Interstellar13
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Mar 22, 2018
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My order for the 3 stone set shows 47.74.
Mar 22, 2018
Jaggi
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Mar 23, 2018
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It was only on the order confirmation page that I was shown the incorrect total, unless you happen to have noticed it when placing your order there's probably no way to go back and see whether the total shown there was correct or not.
I was shown a total of $46.24 on the confirmation page but the correct total (as show on my transactions page) is $56.24.
Mar 23, 2018
Interstellar13
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Mar 21, 2018
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i joined this for the 3 stone set. i found the same thing on amazon for an oddly low price: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073DJZJM5/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 the description says 1oz oil but the pic shows the same 4 oz bottle. we shall see if it is indeed the same when it gets here.
edit: after reading the description closer it only mentions the soft and hard stone - no mention of the third hard black stone. so im assuming the amazon link i found is only for the 2 stone set for 37.00 and not the 3 stone set. i guess ill be keeping my mass drop order.
Mar 21, 2018
shakin_jake
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Jan 25, 2018
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FYI- I joined, would like to experiment with these stones on straight razors, with the understanding I'll need to add an Arkansas stone of a higher grit, to put a finish edge on the razors. FWIW I have used Belgian Coticles for razor honing in the past with much success yet have wanted to try using Arkansas stones just to change it up. That said I would be remiss if I didn't mention using a few Japanese Naturals for straight razors too, along with film
Jan 25, 2018
shakin_jake
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Feb 9, 2018
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Thank you, I will likely buy the finer grade of Arkansas you speak of here, to sharpen/hone straight razors. I've used mostly coti stones for razor honing and as much as I enjoy shaving from that surface, I'm just looking to change it up. Buying this larger 3 stone set was a no brainer for me. That said, time is always of importance. I've been so busy, haven't used my cotis in quite a while but, most of the razors I shave with, still have a shave ready edge, due in no small part by knowing how to strop, shave, on and on. As a back up plan, I thought if my time was really pinched, or I lost interest in this side project, I could always give this three stone set to my carpenter. He isn't into sharpening any of his blades but he's a young man with plenty of time to learn. Again, just thinking out loud but I would like to play around with the Arkansas to craft a shave ready edge, just to learn how it's done with them. So little time, so many stones to hone with=:-)
Feb 9, 2018
Dermott
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Feb 16, 2018
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Don't have a translucent, so cannot comment on them, personally. I've heard a lot of folks swear they cut finer than hard black. I should probably get one just to try, at this point.
Feb 16, 2018
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