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Imanishi Stones

Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:48 pm

I am looking for a medium grit stone in the 700 to 1000 range. I like fairly muddy stones. Is anyone familiar with the Imanishi 800 or 1000 stones and how they are to work with? I will progress up from here to a Bamboo 2000 and/or Suehiro Rica. From watching Ken's video of the Bamboo 800, it does not appear to produce much mud. Knives are stainless and carbon and mostly double bevel right now. I welcome any suggestions from this group.
(oh, and this is my first post)

Re: Imanishi Stones

Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:18 pm

Hi Case,

Welcome to our forum. If I have time later this afternoon I'll do a short video on each just to show you what the look like when sharpening.

The blue aoto is a very muddy middle grit stone. It's about 2k in grit but there is a mix of materials in it so it cuts pretty fast. Also the King is a muddy 1K stone.

Re: Imanishi Stones

Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:28 pm

Thanks for the reply Mark. I hadn't really considered the King stone since they don't seem to get too much favorable "press" in the forum. But it sounds like a good candidate. I would really like to see video reviews of the Imanishi stones though. They are very helpful to me and the next best thing to actually trying them. Case.

Re: Imanishi Stones

Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:44 pm

Personally I don't view the King stones as a viable option with current stone selections. They are slow cutting and you can get a stone that's vastly better for not much more $$.

If you like muddy stones then the 1k Arashiyama is a excellent option. If you are using high end Nubatama stones though I would probably stick with them to keep performance on a even plane. The 800 bamboo would be a good choice to then follow with the 2k, the 800 won't be as muddy but will have the feel you want and expect. The 1k gold bamboo is a powerful 1k but too close to the 2k to even consider in a progression.

If you have plans to regularly use the bamboo 2k then IMO you should get the 800 bamboo.

Re: Imanishi Stones

Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:37 pm

I like your logic Jason. I have been wondering the same thing. I am pretty new to Japanese water stones, but not to sharpening. I find even inexpensive water stones far superior to Arkansas stones and oil stones. The Nubitama 2000 is my only expensive high-end stone, and there is a subtle but distinct difference between it and the other stones I am using. The Nubitama 800 sounds like the way to go. Thanks.
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