The GOLDENSTONE: Let's Talk About Spyderco's Little Known Sharpening Tool

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by JD Spydo, Apr 1, 2019.

  1. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    I got my GOLDENSTONE back in 2011 and at first I had a bit of a challenge trying to figure out the advantages of this most unique Sharpening Tool. It's been quite a while and I still don't talk to very many knife-friends who own one or even knows anything about the GOLDENSTONE. It's almost as though it's hidden in plain view. Now I do have a couple of gripes about the GOLDENSTONE.

    For one I truly wish they would do a comprehensive video on what the intended uses are for this Spyderco Sharpening Tool. Also more than anything I'm hoping that they will shortly offer the GOLDENSTONE in more grit selections. Being it is only available in the "FINE" grit at this time I feel somewhat limited in what I can use it for. Oh I've had a great time experimenting with it and have found it to be ideal for sharpening a wide range of different edged tools. But again more grits to select from I believe would increase it's popularity probably 10 fold>> and not to mention the wider range of uses it would have.

    For those of you who also own and use the Spyderco GOLDENSTONE I would love to hear what you like about it>>or even dislike about it for that matter. What if any suggestions would you like for Spyderco to consider concerning the GOLDENSTONE? If they did eventually offer it in more grit selections would you folks who currently don't own one would that make you more likely to buy one and try it out? Also if any of you have experimented with the GOLDENSTONE as I have I wish you all would share what you like about it and what you've discovered the advantages it has over other sharpening tools. OK let's chat about the GOLDENSTONE.
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  2. Kreyzhorse


    Jan 15, 2013
    Don't have one, but have always been interested in one. Would love to see some other opinions on it.
  3. yablanowitz


    Apr 14, 2006
    I've had mine for a long time, but I very seldom use it. I use my Duckfoot a lot more. I find the Goldenstone too fine to be very useful for my purposes, but the Duckfoot works well for repairing dull serrations.
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  4. Retired45


    Feb 22, 2016
    I have one and use it often. I can touch up my wife's kitchen knives in just a few minutes if I don't let them go too long. Very handy when traveling too. Would like to see the cbn version for sale. Great stone.
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  5. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    Hey YAB you were one of the very first guys I knew of on both of the forums ( BF & Spyderco) that got the DUCKFOOT about when it first came out. I know you got yours about at least a year or so before I finally got mine. My question to you is>> has the diamond substrate held together on yours pretty good overall? The reason I ask is because for some strange reason the diamond substrate on mine is wearing out noticeably on one side but not on the other >> which I find really strange. So I was wondering how your's is holding up overall. Because it always had me curious as to why Spyderco discontinued the original, first run DUCKFOOT when it seemed to be popular among most of the forumites here at BF and both.

    If Sal gets the CBN version of the GOLDENSTONE released soon I'll probably retire my diamond DUCKFOOT. I'm thinking they might have had quality control problems on the original DUCKFOOT>> that's my guess anyway.
  6. yablanowitz


    Apr 14, 2006
    It may have been a QC issue. Mine has held up well enough that my spare is still in the package. It's a little smoother than it was, with a bit less bite, but I've gone through half a dozen sets of DMT Diafolds in the time I've had it. Granted, I use them for everything except serrations and the Duckfoot gets used for little else, but it seems to be wearing at what I would consider a normal rate.
  7. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    The handiness of the GOLDENSTONE actually makes me more inclined at times to use it rather than their highly celebrated 204 Sharpmaker. Once they start making the GOLDENSTONE in more grit selections I do believe we'll see that stone grow in popularity.

    Most people if I just can get them to use any of Spyderco's great sharpening tools it usually doesn't take long before they get one themselves. I've converted at least 5 people to the 204 Sharpmaker in the past 3 years. I think that the GOLDENSTONE could easily sell itself once they get more grit selections and when the finally get that base unit for it on the market too.
  8. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    I just heard yesterday that the CBN version of the GOLDENSTONE should be available by the end of the summer. I'll be right in line with you when it does finally get released. I've even wondered if a shorter version of the Goldenstone would be a handy sharpening tool as well? But we most definitely need them available in more grit selections.
    It's just simply one of those Spyderco products that people actually have to use before they will buy one. They've got to realize that it is priced sort of high for a valid reason.
    I'm also hoping that the base unit for the GOLDENSTONE will be available before the end of the summer is over.
  9. BladeBill


    Dec 18, 2018
    How do Spyderco's CBN and Medium stones compare? Would we need a Goldenstone in-between CBN and fine?
  10. grumpy514

    grumpy514 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2011
    Nick has a good video on this one. Was curious how good it works. I've used their sharpmaker for years. First time hearing about the duckfoot.

    People make note you can also use the leather pouch as a stop for once you're finished.

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  11. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    Hey thank you very much Grumpy for finding that for us :):thumbsup: That's the best video I've seen on the Goldenstone yet. I've heard that guy's voice on some other video but I can't remember and I do believe it's been a while but that's a voice you don't forget. But none the less it's a great comprehensive video and I actually learned a couple of tips off of that one. Like he says it's almost a sharpening system in one tool once you experiment around with it and get used to some of the features. Now for sharpening serrations ( especially Spyderedges) I still like Spyderco's discontinued 701 Profiles just a bit better for a few reasons. For some types of work on serrated edges I still feel that the 701 Profiles are a bit more versatile and somewhat more handy. But overall if they start making that GOLDENSTONE in more grit selections it's going to start selling as well as some of their popular knife models have.

    I'm still waiting and hoping that Sal finishes his video on the GOLDENSTONE at some point. I just got a feeling that the inventor of the tool has a lot more to share with us. :cool:
  12. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    We just need that GOLDENSTONE in more grits period. Really when you think it over it really isn't fair to Spyderco>> because many people have already judged the GOLDENSTONE while up till now it's only been available in FINE grit. If we had at least a 4 to 5 stone selection of different grits on that sharpening tool it would sure change a lot perception about the tool.
    I think that is one of the determining factors that led to the 701 Profiles being discontinued. Had they made that incredible set of stones in at least 4 to 5 different grit selections it would have been a completely different tool all together.
    Just think for a second how the 204 Sharpmaker might have never got off the ground had it only ever been available in Medium and Fine stones. The extra stones with the extra grit selection has truly made it the super selling and super popular sharpening tool that it has become.
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  13. buckeyejake


    Dec 28, 2013
    I bought one awhile back. It has become my favorite sharpening system. The key to the golden stone is dont let your blade get dull . It works well with 1095 ,d2 , s35vn ,30vn, 20cv and the stainless that victorinox uses .
    Nick shabezz video is well worth viewing. This stone even works on my ratmandu. And sr101 is tough stuff.

  14. singularity35


    Mar 1, 2010
    Sal sent me a goldenstone some time back. I still use it a lot. I've since learned to freehand and it's pretty useful. I estimate the flats at around 800 grit and the rounded corners at around 600 grit. I also have a duckfoot but find it too coarse to finish my edges with. I use that for dull edges when I'm trying to make a para from a millie. :) . BTW, I also got that from Sal to try out
  15. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    Well Jake you and Singularity both are the kind of guys I wanted to hear from. Apparently both you guys like the GOLDENSTONE. So again the question I keep asking everyone I run into. Don't you guys think that the GOLDENSTONE would be a superb field sharpening tool and a great sharpening tool for any bug out bag and/or survival type kit? Also don't you guys think that the GOLDENSTONE would be great in more grit selections. I would buy every one of them if they would make them in more grits. Heck the make several grits of stones available for their highly celebrated 204 Sharpmaker so wouldn't it make perfect sense to make the GOLDENSTONE in a wider grit selection.

    The GOLDENSTONE is so handy to take to work with me. But I can't tell you guys how many times I wished I had either a coarse or maybe even an Ultra-Fine stone for different types of sharpening chores. I think it would be cool if they had like 5 to 6 grit selections and for them to make a carrying case so it could be a handy tool.

    The Duckfoot is OK for some jobs but I could go with maybe 3 grits of CBN and 3 grits of the ceramic ( fine, medium and Ultra-Fine).
  16. buckeyejake


    Dec 28, 2013
    The golden stone is my go to stone period. Simple to use and carry . Would a medium stone be nice yea .
    But dont and i mean dont let your blade get super dull. Also as you sharpen the stone picks up less metal.
    Your edge is also geting a fine polish on it .

  17. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    I watched that video for a second time today and I've come to the conclusion that if they would make a GOLDENSTONE in "Ultra-Fine" I probably wouldn't have much need for my German made F. Dick sharpening steels anymore. Because if they would make that stone in Ultra-Fine it would probably align the finely hone the edge better than what any sharpening steel could do IMO.

    I would just love a set of GOLDENSTONES in the FINE that it comes in now and I most certainly love it and use it a lot>> but I would also like to have one in CBN or some coarser grit of diamond. Also a Gray Medium for a slightly dinged up blade>> but ultimately I want my next GOLDENSTONE in Ultra-Fine. With Ultra-Fine and FINE you could do a lot just to keep your blades at optimal sharpness> > also you could use that set up as a daily blade maintenance regimen which would not only be a time saver but it would make it to where you wouldn't need to do a thorough sharpening but maybe once to three times a year.
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