Shapton GS 1k
Shapton GS 4k
and, recently added, Naniwa 8k 'Snow White'
I am relatively happy with my Shapton 1k. I'm kicking around the idea of purchasing a Nubatama Ume 'speckled' 1k, but I can get a good edge with my Shapton and I appreciate how fast working it is.
I absolutely love my Naniwa 8k. Super soft, great feedback. It is a joy to use. I might even spend more time on it than necessary with certain knives, getting a more polished edge than I want - it's that fun to use.
But lately I've been feeling unsatisfied with my 4k. To me (as a novice), it feels too hard and does not really give me the feedback I desire.
Right now I'm looking at:
-- Naniwa 2k Green Brick
Based off how much I enjoy the 8k. It is my understanding that depending on the mud it can get up to the 5k range, allowing me to use it between my 1k & 8k
-- Suehiro Rika 5k
and, on the higher end money wise,
-- Gesshin 4k
Splash & go or pre-soak is not an issue for me. I don't normally bring my stones to work so time is not an issue.
I've seen some folks prefer to perma-soak certain stones. Is this a convience issue alone, or does it have an effect on performance as well?
Any help is appreciated