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Recommend a medium and low grit stone.

Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:00 am

Hi Mark

I want to thank you again for the advice that you gave me a year ago. I am doing reasonably well with the Suehiro Rika 5k and Kitayama 8k stones that i bought the last time I was in the US, but I don't have time to use them as much as I would like. I am working in New Brunswick again next week, so thought it is a good opportunity to get a new stone!

My focus is on medium and lower grit this time. I am still using my King 1k stone before moving onto the Suehiro. I don't particularly like the King stone that I have, and it is certainly going to be the first in my collection to wear all the way down. Reading the various forums, I am quite curious about the Naniwa Green Brick... it offers great value for money due to its size, it appears to get good reviews, and I'm thinking that using a 2k before the Suehiro will mean the Suehiro doesn't have to do so much work and will last longer. When the King 1k finally gives up, I will replace it with a 600, 700 or 800 stone - it should be a nice jump from here to the Green Brick. Does this sound like a good plan?

Alternatively, I don't get the Green Brick, and when my King 1k wears out, I only get the Bester 1200. I know the Bester is well regarded, and is often used in combo with the Suehiro 5k; but the Green Brick seems like a nice addition!

Last question! I am using a cheap 120/240 stone (that I got with my chisel set) for flattening... I should probably get a DMT. Would the D8X be a good choice for flattening lower grit stones, Suehiro Rika 5k and Kitayama 8k? I have read some people say that only the D8XX is recommended for flattening, but others have said it is too coarse for 8k stones and the D8X (or even D8C) is better. I'm drawn to the D8X over the D8XX because it is cheaper, would be good for major repairs and then jump to 6-800 grit, and it would be good to replace the stone I use for my chisels (I assume the DMT could also be used for chisels?). Can you please share your expertise?

Best regards,

Re: Recommend a medium and low grit stone.

Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:07 am

Hi Stuart,

Here would be a good lineup using what you have (I stuck links in here so others reading can see what I'm talking about):

Berster 700 http://www.chefknivestogo.com/bester700.html
King 1K (until you use it up)
Green Brick http://www.chefknivestogo.com/naao2kgrbr.html
Kitayama (I usually only use edge trailing strokes on this one)

Yes the DMT Extra Coarse would work fine for all your stones. It doesn't flatten as quickly as the XXC and it wears out faster but it will do a good job. You can also use it for quick reprofile work before you hit the stones. We are out of this right now but we should have it in stock today or Monday. Personally I use the Extra coars for all my flattening. I don't typically use if for reprofile, instead I use my coarse stones. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/dmt1.html
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