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 Post subject: Good value stone for starting?
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 11:55 am 

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Hi, I have a king 400/1000 cheap stone that I started sharpening on. Then my girlfriend bought me a 3000 grit Kramer stone and I also bought a 2000 grit naniwa aotoshi stone. I am looking for some good value stones to replace my combo 400/1000 and also add a 5k stone to my collection. I still consider myself to be a novice when it comes to sharpening but I would like some decent stones to learn on. Any recommendations?

 Post subject: Re: Good value stone for starting?
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:12 pm 
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Adam, here are some high value stones that are highly rated by many sharpeners here:

Latte 400:

Nubatama Ume 1K Medium:

Arashiyama 1K:

Shapton Pro series stones:

Suehiro Rika 5K: (polishes more like a 4K stone)

These are all fast cutters (much faster than the Kings, by all accounts). The Rika 5K is like sharpening on velvet it's so smooth - it's currently my favorite stone.

IMO the Latte 400, your current 2K Green Brick, and the Rika 5K would make a terrific combination. If you feel the need for a 1K to fill the gap, try the Arashiyama 1K.

 Post subject: Re: Good value stone for starting?
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 1:03 pm 
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Your best bang for the buck is our 5pc set which gives you a good quality 500 beston, bester 1.2K and Rika:

It also includes a couple nice accessories, a deburring block and a good 20x loupe for checking your edges. It's our best selling sharpening set on the site.

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 Post subject: Re: Good value stone for starting?
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 2:04 pm 
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The Kramer is a Naniwa Chocera.....not what I would consider a "value" stone per say. It's a really good stone....priced accordingly.

Mark's recommendation for the 5pc set might very well be your best option as it provides a couple of things I'd like to see every newbie sharpener have.

The stone's it includes are very good and one's I still use today.

However, your current set up is a bit peculiar to be honest and not something I'd necessarily want to have even though they are both very good stone's. The 2k and 3k are too close in grit to be worth having both. As Steve rather eluded, you could really skip one of them fairly easily. Though, both are very nice stone's.....maybe use one once and one the other time?!?!? :o


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