- Beston 500. profiling;
- Bester 1200, medium coarse, first burr, chase burr;
- Chosera 3K, medium fine, second burr, chase second burr;
- Gesshin 8K, polish; and
- Flatten everything with a DMT XXC, dressing each stone with the one with the each stone one step lower, and one step higher.
But, for anyone who wants to keep their sharpening costs down to levels resembling something close to sanity, consider:
- Marks inexpensive diamond plate as a flattener over the DMT XXC;
- Naniwa SS 3K or Suehiro Rika over the Chosera (which I got from a friend for a HUGE discount); and
- Naniwa Pure White or Kitayama over the Gesshin (or over the Chosera 10K for that matter).
Obviously, there are a lot of really wonderful stones besides those I've listed. Mark handles a bunch of them; more, maybe, than anyone else; and this is a great place to get to say that.
I don't want it to seem like I'm arguing or disagreeing with Adam when I'm not. So...Just another opinion, from someone who knows less:
I've got a lot of time on the SS 8K and 10K stones, and used an SS 8K for the past couple of years until replacing it (because it wore out, not for dislike). While the SS finishers are very good -- they aren't for everyone. You have to be careful not to over-soak and to make sure you dry them gradually and out of the sun, or they will crack and craze. That's true of most water stones, Naniwa SS and Chosera in particular, and SS fine stones in spades.
If the other SS are soft (they are), the 8K and 10K are very, very soft. They don't dish particularly easily, but they provide an almost mushy-soft feel when you sharpen. This isn't a problem for someone who's comfortable with, say a Shapton Pro 5K, but some people feel it interferes with feedback, and a few find it unpleasant.
Saving the worst for last, their biggest problem, also a product of how soft they are, is that they gouge very, very easily. So easily that for most sharpeners annoying, and tedious to fix gouging is not a matter of if, but of how bad and how often.