Want to get a few stones & start grinding on my Henkels & see how I feel afterwards to see if im going to attempt my Kohestu's & inexpensive Tojiro pettys..
Ive read lots of posts / threads, I know theres no wrong choice & have nothing to compare as new to all this.
Think im contemplating the ume 1000 vs the green brick as seen lots of fans of both options but also not sure if the should even be in the same category due to grit#
Seen this recent quote from Shaun/Knife Fanatic, "Favorite at the moment is the 1k Ume Medium hardness for knives. For razors, the 1k ume XXhard. I use much lighter pressure than Jason (something we discussed in detail) and I find the 1k speckled ume stones give a full 1k finish not a coarser grit (800 ish) finish in all three hardness levels. I also find the XXhard way too hard for single bevels and would go for the regular medium hardness or even the extremely soft 1200 for single bevels.
I find the 1k speckled Ume one of the most versatile stones I've used. It's not to say that the Shapton pro and glass or the Choceras are not good stones - they are, but these are my personal favorites. And yes the 1k Bamboo gold is an exceptional bargain and good performer. The white Bamboo 1k and the white 1.5k stones are exceptional but a bit more expensive so they don't get talked about as much.
I think pressure used is a big influence in what stones you prefer. That and just what types of stones and knives you like. I'm not a fan of prolonged soaking so I tend to avoid long soakers unless they do something special."
Seen this post & this guy raves about the nubatama but never states if its the ume, bamboo, gold, white, etc & im clueless so really doesnt help much but caught my interest:http://www.cheftalk.com/t/76565/replacing-my-4k-stone
My henckels are not trashed & have been profesionally sharpened over the years so not really sure if I need a coarse stone & the thought of using one scares my untill I figure-out the entire angle senario.
Please send some insight my direction!