Rick, that is a great blog post, I saw it before.
First of all thanks for the kind words and yes that money is time spiel is spot on. I think my case is a little different and you got me thinking.
To be perfectly clear, I am not saying the stock stones are superior to my beloved shaptons/Choseras, not saying that at all.
If I was sharping my own personal knives only, I would very like never use the stock stones but since I have so many knives to do, I just had to find a more viable solution to replacement of the stones. Also, most of the knives I do are soft so they lend themselves to the slower cutting ability of the stock stones. I have tested the edges from those stones on soft tomatoes many times as well, a 600 stock stone edge is going to surprise a lot of people.
Now having said this, it would take eternity to sharpen some knives that I get with those stones.
This is my latest approach, keep in mind that 80-90 percent of my sharpening is free hand.
-400 latte ( I cut my latte up and got 6 EP sized stones from it
-600/1k EP finish Or - 600 EP then to my Shapton Glass 2k and a Shapton Pro 5k finish.
I often mix them up but believe me, if someone came in and stole all my EP sized stones, the first ones I would replace are my shapton stones and the Atoma.
Noneck, I cannot use an axe file and screw driver to make a knife sharp.
(Rick, you are much to kind my friend, I am no master, I am still in the early stages of my sharping journey, I learn from the folks on here, including you every day and if I seem stubborn on the Stock EP Stone thing - I'm just old thats' all, I get your point about time perfectly and agree with it).