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 Post subject: Imanishi Combo vs Bester and Natural
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 2:36 pm 
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I am debating between 2 sets of stones, and would like to get your opinion.

I am thinking about Imanishi 1k/6k combo stone, vs. bester 1200 +Jyunsyouhonyama small size

the first option is obviously cheaper ($56 vs. $97), so my questions are

1. does the 2nd option even make sense, as far as grit jump goes.
2. I know my basics about sharpening, and mainly sharpen kitchen knives, and maybe a couple of my collectibles, does the 2nd option give me better result (sharpness, edge retention, stone wear-resistance, etc)?
3. dollar to dollar, is the 2nd option a better choice?


Sorry about all these questions, and thank you very much for your help.



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 Post subject: Re: Imanishi Combo vs Bester and Natural
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 2:38 pm 
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When you're learning I think it's best to avoid natural stones. If you get into sharpening they're fun later on. Also, I usually recommend spending less money so the Imanishi combo would be my choice for you.

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/imtwosi1kst.html

With this stone you can get screaming sharp edges so don't think you're compromising. Both sides are good.



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 Post subject: Re: Imanishi Combo vs Bester and Natural
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 2:40 pm 
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I would second Mark's recommendation for avoiding natural stone's when you're just starting out. Too many variables at play with them.



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 Post subject: Re: Imanishi Combo vs Bester and Natural
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Thank you for all the help. That pretty much made my decision about stone set.

One question though, does the bester 1200 + natural Jyunsyouhonyama make sense as far as grit jump go? Is this a "big step up", or just fine?


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 Post subject: Re: Imanishi Combo vs Bester and Natural
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I enjoy using my natural aono aoto after my bester 1200, its not a huge grit increase but the refinement is amazing.

That being said, I've been using stones pretty much daily for the past 4-5 years and I'm wondering still if I got a natural stone too soon :O


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 Post subject: Re: Imanishi Combo vs Bester and Natural
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The stone is labeled as a 7,000 to 10,000 grit stone.....so, no, I don't think it would be an ideal choice after the Bester 1200.

It would work, yes.....but not ideal IMHO.



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 Post subject: Re: Imanishi Combo vs Bester and Natural
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Actually neither choice is ideal - and for the same reason. It's too big of a jump. You should have an intermediate grit inbetween the 1k and 6k, just like you should have something between a 1200 and a polishing natural stone.

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 Post subject: Re: Imanishi Combo vs Bester and Natural
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A 500,1k and natural aoto would be a hot setup.


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 Post subject: Re: Imanishi Combo vs Bester and Natural
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I go 1k to 6k pretty regularly without a problem, though it's to the arashiyama, not the imanishi. The problem with the jump to the natural is naturals are so much slower. It wouldn't refine nearly as quickly as the 6k synthetic in all likelihood. I use naturals in that range after the 6k, not instead of.

(Not to say you wouldn't be better off with a stone between 1k and 6k. Just saying I have found that leap to be very doable, both for the time it takes and the edge it leaves.)


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 Post subject: Re: Imanishi Combo vs Bester and Natural
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I would concur the 1/6 combo before worrying about naturals. There's plenty of time for that later.



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