At the monment I have a 800 and a 2000 chosera stones. I'm happy with those but starting to feel the need for a higher grit stone. I feel that the 2000 takes a bit much material when only touching up my knife. Now I feel that the chosera 5000 is to expensive. What are some good choice for around 5000 yen. I will buy it from japan since I have a frind who lives there at the moment and stones are heavy and shiping expensive.
Advice on a finishing stone
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At the moment I have only one good kitchen knife, a masamoto ct. The stones I have were bought to sharpen my outdoor knifes mostly and those are most 12c27. For outdoor use I am happy with the 2000 grit I have, it is for the kitchen knife I feel a need for a finer stone.
I probably don't need a finer stone but since my friend will move home from japan this spring and stones are so much cheaper when you don't have to pay shiping. I feel that it may be a good idea to buy a stone that I will need to progress in hand sharpening.
Your soft carbon Masamoto would benefit from stropping with Cr2O3. I use artist's acrylic paint (olive green) on leather or soft wood. Costs a little.
Edited by Benuser - 3/25/14 at 2:05pm
If you look through the archives our resident knife expert BDL couldn't say enough good about the Geshin 8K sold by Japanese Knife Imports. Very fast cutting for an 8k so you could easily jump to it from the 2K. I like the higher grits myself and finish with something that I'm guessing is about 12k.
Japanese Knife Imports import to the wrong part of the world. I live in sweden. Also that stone cost more than I want to spend. I'm tinking about the Shaputon pro series. Or I think it's the pro series, http://item.rakuten.co.jp/tool4u/kuromaku5000/#kuromaku5000
If you get from outside the Union, add import tax, your local VAT and handling costs.
Edited by Benuser - 3/26/14 at 5:49pm
Buy once cry once. It doesn't get much better than the 5k Chocera, IMO. The 8k Snow White is also a great stone but I don't like to make that big a jump (2k to 8k). YMMV. The 5k Shapton Pro is a good stone but very hard. I prefer softer stones but you may not.
I have a few Suehiro stones and they are damn good stones just not readily available in the US. I have a Cerax 8K as a finisher. Probably get a 5K to go between the 2K and your finisher.
Check out Tools from Japan and see the variety.
Through the grapevine many stones are dirt cheap over there by comparison.
I really like my Arashiyama 6000. It's a very well regarded stone among knife nuts. A very versatile stone that can be used as a soaker or a splash and go. I use mine as my last step before stropping but might be looking at getting a kitayama or snow white or gesshin 8k as my finishing. I use the Arashiyama after a Bester 1200 and it makes the jump just fine.
I've used a 5K Naniwa SS you several years now. Soft, easy to gouge, dishes fast but works like a charm. When I replace it I will get the Chosera and not look back. Beyond that I use an 8K Kityama.
I don't even use the SS #5000 anymore. Stop at #1000-1200 and ocassionaly deburr on chromium loaded strop.
I guess i'm not anymore a sharpness nerd as i used to be.