Thank you for being here.
I spotted these on the Chef Knives to Go website and they are cool. The package which is less than $10.00 USD, includes guides from 10-20 deg. So it gives people an immediate visual guide of what a 15 deg angle looks like. You could keep the guide in place as seen here and use it as a reference if needed.
I got them them for my students.
Most people are surprised how high a 20 deg angle is, how far the spine of the knife is off of the stone. Of course these are just ref points, once you start sharpening you're on your own but they are handy, no doubt about it.
I have had this plate now for a couple of months, I can return it still but I won't, not even close. It is fantastic. It is expensive, almost 300 Cdn with tax but by far the best plate I have used for flattening. (I have not used the Shapton plate which is even more expensive)
In my new video series I will be going over flattening and why I think it is important. There are some sharpeners who do not believe it is necessary, but I am pretty sure there concerns are that the flattening process wears out the water stones prematurely. I don't buy into that whatsoever but I will talk about it and show how I flatten. It is pretty common sense for most of course but this is novice orientated article/video, it will be when I am done that is.
I have this here for sale actually.