I am a shaky sharpener, but I have an Artifex 240 mm gyuto in AEB-L and a Tojiro Shirogami Nakiri in transit from CKTG to me here in the Dominican Republic, and I figured my aging and worn Gatco guided sharpener kit wouldn't be appropriate for use on such fine knives, and my King 1K waterstone with attached base from Lee Valley that I use with a DMT ABG Aligner Blade Guide/Knife Clamp isn't going to be sufficient to care for the new knives properly. Because I have had next to no success working the King waterstone freehand, but tolerable results when I use the DMT guide clamped to the spine of my forty year old Henckel 8 inch chef knife, I figured I'd be better off going with an Edgepro rather than three or four stones and a stone holder. I really do seem to be completely unable to get the knack of passing a blade over a stone freehand without wobbling all over the place, and the DMT guide has its limitations.
Now that CKTG has the Edgepro Essential Set http://www.chefknivestogo.com/edproesset.html
back in stock, this time with Shapton glass stones in 500, 1K, and 6K, I decided to splurge. In addition to the Edgepro, I will be ordering a few other accessories, such as the deburring felt block, the Idahone 12" ceramic honing rod, and the DMT 2"x6" double sided plate in Extra Coarse and Coarse.
Sorry for the lengthy intro, but I figured the more you guys know about my situation, the better advice you can give.
I've been reading a lot in this forum over the last two weeks, and from what I have gathered, the jump from 1K to 6K is kind of a large one. Many folks say it's a good idea to progress in doubles: i.e. 1K, 2K, 4K, 8K. I can see the sense in that, but I would prefer for financial reasons to go with just one step between the Shapton glass 1K and the 6K. I figured a logical choice would be the Chosera 3K - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/ch3grforedpr.html
, and reading the reviews for the full size Chosera 3K bench stone seem to confirm it is an excellent stone - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/ch3grstba.html
But the Naniwa 2K Aotoshi "Green Brick" - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/naao2kgrbr.html
- also has a number of devotees, including Ken Schwartz, and CKTG does have an edgepro version of this stone available.
Another alternative would be to stick with the Shapton glass line, and get either the 2K or 4K. If I went this route, which would be better of the two - 2K or 4K?
Or is there something else out there even better? Maybe the Blue Aoto? - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/blao2kforedp.html
Or even the Natural Aoto? - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/naaoforedpro.html
- Might be nice to have a real J-nat in the lineup.
I have to say that at this point, I am sort of leaning towards the Green Brick, just because I was hoping I might be able to defray some of the expense of all this stuff by sharpening up some knives for neighbors, and Ken Schwartz says it's ideal for European (read German?) knives. The only knives folks around here would pay someone to sharpen would be their Ikeas, Messermeisters, Henckels, and Wusthofs, with maybe the occasional Global. I don't know anyone around here likely to have even a Shun. Pretty much everything else I see are Tramontinas in cheap stainless. Also, one reviewer writes that as the stone dries out, the finish it gives is more like a 3K or 4K, so I thought it might be better at bridging the gap between 1K and 6K. On the other hand, the Chosera IS an actual 3K, wet or dry, so...
Decisions, decisions! Help a brother out?