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 Post subject: chosera 5000, shapton pro 5000 or suehiro rika 5?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:53 pm 
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I've been debating between the chosera 5000, shapton pro 5000, and suehiro rika 5000. I'm looking for a hard stone(I know chosera is hard, but don't know about the other two) that will prepare my knives for an 8k-10 stone. Which would you recommend?

I've heard that shapton pro stones are coarser than other stones for each respective grit level. Is this true? And is the jump from the 8k shapton pro to the 15k shapton pro too high? I've always wondered why they don't include any intermediate stones between those two grits.



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 Post subject: Re: chosera 5000, shapton pro 5000 or suehiro rika 5?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:56 pm 
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Without factoring in price I would choose the chosera 5k but I like all three of them: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/nach50grwast.html

The chosera and shaptons are harder than the rika. Some people like softer stones because the tend to give you better feedback. Harder stones are a little more forgiving on wobbling and tend to wear more slowly. We used an entire rika at the shop for finish sharpening and we thought it did a really nice job.



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 Post subject: Re: chosera 5000, shapton pro 5000 or suehiro rika 5?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:23 pm 
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If you want a hard stone, don't get the Rika.

Between the other two, I'd pick the Chocera but then again I wouldn't pick either one as I enjoy my Rika too much.

We typically recommend doubling grit....1k to 2k, 2k to 4k, 4k to 8k.....so on. So 8k to 15k is fine. At the 8k point, you're talking about extremely fine.....and going from an 8k edge to finishing on something like a 15k stone will only take you a few minutes at best if you do it properly. So, there is no need for anything in between.



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 Post subject: Re: chosera 5000, shapton pro 5000 or suehiro rika 5?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:48 pm 
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I'd save the $45 and get the Shapton Pro. It will do just as good a job as the Chocera at a much better price. Stones as expensive as Chocera to me are stones you try after you have enough experience to have a better idea what your getting into and want.



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