Originally Posted by kickling
Awesome advice guys... Another option to think about just when i thought i was set! I like the idea of it acting as a 3K and 5K.
Kartman35: Do you know if the Rika can be used as a splash and go and stored dry? I assume from your comment that you permasoak yours? And your feedback on how fast it dishes?
Cheers again everyone!
No, this cannot be used as a splash and go, it requires a good 20-30 minutes soaking. Contrary to some soakers, 20-30 minutes seems like enough. For example, my Bester 1k also is said to need 15-20 minutes, but I have found it works significantly better after an overnight soak. If I try to use it (Bester) after even an hour soaking, I need to squirt water very often to keep it wet. If I remember right he Rika stayed moist after half an hour or so soaking.
And yes, I permasoak mine. I got into that habit because of the Bester requiring such a long soak. I find that it's more convenient this way than having to find somewhere to dry them where they won't get knocked over. I just keep a large tupperware container filled with water and my 3 stones ready to go all the time. If I had to travel with my stones (bring them to work or whatever) I could see the point in splash and go's, but as they always stay here for me I find it easier to just keep soakers soaking.
As far as the dishing goes I don't feel like it dishes particularly fast, however this is the only finishing stone I've used much so can't really compare to the others you're considering. This is a very popular stone though so I'm sure someone will chime in with their thoughts. I like it because it feels really nice when sharpening on it and it's so much cheaper than Shapton or Chosera.
From the Tools from Japan website, Chosera 5k is 13,500 JPY and Rika is 3,500. Shapton is 5995 but only 15mm thick.
Do the others perform THAT much better? I can't say for sure but I doubt it.