My name is Jon, and I'm an addict. I recently rekindled my love for all things sharp, a love that goes back many years to when I was a boy, demanding hunting knives and folders for Birthdays and Christmas as my parents knitted their worried brows. The internet has had a large part in this I think, fueling the fire so to speak. Between retail sites, forums, blogs, and vids, I've spent an ungodly amount of time going edge crazy. I even had a sharpening dream last night, don't know if that's good or bad... In the past few weeks I've purchased 3 new knives (including a Takeda
) and 2 stones. Queue song: Something tells me I'm into something good...
Anyway, I'm seeking a middle grit stone to round out my new and growing collection, and am open to suggestions.
Now I know what comes next (I'm telling you, despite this being my first post, I've been trolling these forums, soaking up information), who am I and what do I sharpen?
I used to cook professionally but it's just a hobby now. But finding this community online has reminded how much I love knives and edges, and your high standards have led me to reassess my definition of of the word 'sharp'. In the last month I've sharpened everything in my kit and most of my friend's knives too. I'm running out of steel! I find something remarkably soothing and romantic about hand-sharpening on stones. I like that I'm developing a skill with practice and that I'm doing something that's been done for hundreds for years. I'll probably splurge on naturals in time, but am not quite there yet. I'm one of you that sharpens not just for the result but for the journey, you know who you are
What I sharpen:
Mostly European knives for now and a few Globals (the majority of my old working kit), but two of the 3 I just bought were Japanese carbon steels, and it sure looks like my collection will head that way from now on. But I also want to start sharpening as a little side business venture, make just enough cash to fund my addiction, so I need a kit that can handle whatever's thrown at me.
What I already have:
Norton 1000/4000 (my first and for a long time only stone, from years ago)
On the way:
Naniwa Chosera 400
Suehiro Rika 5K
I want a medium grit something because I find the Norton 1K a little scratchy. Would like something smoother, muddier, but that still cuts fast. Ideally, something that I could go straight to from the 400 Chosera.
Two I've been considering are the Bester 1.2K & the Naniwa 2K 'Green Brick of Joy.'
Would love to hear feedback on these two comparatively and am open to any other suggestions you may have. Anything under $100 is in play, but if you have a cogent argument for something pricier, I'm willing to hear you out
. I'm still figuring out what I like, there's just so many options. Naniwas and Gesshins and Shaptons, oh my! Ken brought up the Nubatama 2k Ume on knifeforums where I also posted, and that looks pretty hot, but I've found no reviews on it thus far. Can we justify the $130 over $50 for the Green Brick?
Also, as a kind of P.S., looking at diamond plates. Are Atomas worth the extra money over a DMT? I would be using it only for tip/severely-damaged edge repair and for lapping stones.
Thanks so much for your consideration.