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Shapton GS Pro vs Shapton GS

Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:34 pm

Thinking about getting a set of Shapton GS stones, are the Pro versions worth the extra cost? I am currently using the stock EP stones, Diamond films from 165u - .1u, Atoma plates 140 grit - 1200 grit. I hear a lot of good chatter about the GS stones. What stone choices would make a good set. Would the GS at 30K ($249.95) be in the set? Lot of questions I know, but I want to make sure. Thanks for any help.

Re: Shapton GS Pro vs Shapton GS

Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:19 am

My Shaptons are glass with the exception of the 2k which a pro. Very happy with both. The 2k is softer so I use light light touch or just edge trailing strokes with it. I can't imagine what kind of knife you'd want a 30k stone for. Curious. I use some of Ken's strop compounds which are superb, but I find myself stopping between 5k and 10k with stones on almost all the knives I do. I do have a 16k stone, no 30. I think MadRookie stops at 2k on a lot of knives and he uses Shaptons too I believe. Don't want to speak for him but he gives rock solid advice.

Re: Shapton GS Pro vs Shapton GS

Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:21 am

I currently believe in & use the Shapton Glass stones (have most other stones too) - they cut faster than most, dish slow & work on all types of steel - especially the very hard ones.

30k is seriously only good for bragging rights or mirror polish on relief bevels.

In extreme cases you might want to take a knife edge to 8k, which is scary sharp.

As an all rounder edge I stop at a refined 2k edge - found it to be the best cutter for my food prep duties.

:)

Re: Shapton GS Pro vs Shapton GS

Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:30 am

MadRookie,

Do you prefer the GS Pro or the regular GS stones? What do you think a good set would include? Thanks for your help.

Re: Shapton GS Pro vs Shapton GS

Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:33 pm

You mean Shaptone Pro vs Shapton Glass Stones (GS).

Me - GS all the way!

500 #/1k/2k/4k/8k/16k/30k is what I use with Atomas to do the low end grinding.

:)

Re: Shapton GS Pro vs Shapton GS

Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:36 am

MadRookie,

Thanks, that cleared it up. I mistakenly thought the Shapton Pro stones were Glass stones also, just thicker.
I think i will be ordering some of the GS stones.

Re: Shapton GS Pro vs Shapton GS

Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:59 pm

Good call!

:)

Re: Shapton GS Pro vs Shapton GS

Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:22 pm

Hi. I had planned on ordering Shaptons including the 6K, but it is out of stock. Would the following be a good set of stones to wind up with?

Atoma 140
Shapton 220
Shapton 500
Shapton 1K
Shapton 2K
Shapton 4K
Shapton 8K (might get this a little later, dunno)

One thing that I need to figure out is how to decide which stone to use to begin sharpening a knife, so as not to start with one that's more course than necessary. For instance, I have three new Forschner chef's for the store I haven't used yet, and I have both a TKC and Artifex gyuto I haven't had to sharpen. I also have some older knives including one s/s that seems to be made of an alien alloy...this is a hard, hard stainless..can't wait to put the Atoma 140 to it.
Thanks for the help. I appreciate it.

Re: Shapton GS Pro vs Shapton GS

Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:41 pm

Glass or Pro?

:)

Re: Shapton GS Pro vs Shapton GS

Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:22 pm

Howdy. I was thinking glass, but I am unbelievably flexible. Seems I read around here somewhere that someone used glass mainly, but with an insertion of a pro stone in the mix. Dunno, I've read so much my mind is a bit addled. I think I could comprehend better back in my drinking days. Then again, my drinking days may be why I'm addled now.

I really appreciate the help, by the way. I just ordered three of the "Remedy" Artifexes a few minutes ago. Seemed like the thing to do at the time ("Aw, shoot, gimmie three".

Still looking for THE knife(s). Gotten it narrowed down pretty good, though.
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