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Shapton Pro grit question

Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:46 pm

I would like to replace some of my current sharpening stones with Shapton Pro stones. The only stone that I have now, that is still usable is my Takenoko 8000.

Is the Shapton Pro scale the same ace the Takenoko?
If I am looking to have the equivalent of a 1,000 5,0000 8,0000 Shapton pro progression would I simply need to purchase the Shapton 1000 and 5000 and then use my Takenoko as the 8000? I am asking because I remember reading somewhere that the Takenoko is really more like a Shapton 5,000 stone then an 8,000 stone.

Your help would be appreciated. I checked the forums but did not find any posts about Takenoko's.


Re: Shapton Pro grit question

Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:49 pm

Hi Hawley,

Yes I always encourage people to use what they have and build a progression around the stones that still work.

So yes I would skip the Shapton 8K and just do the 1K and 5K and then use your current stone after them. You might want to add a lower grit stone like the 320 to speed up your work.

The Takenenko is the same stone as the Arashiyama 6K and it's an excellent stone: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/takenoko8000.html

Re: Shapton Pro grit question

Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:22 pm

I have a Dia-Sharp 120 micron for coarse work, so I don't think that I need a 320 at this time.

I am a bit confused about one thing. You say the Takenoko 8000 is the same as the Arishyama 6000 but that it would fit best into a 3 stone system taking the role of a shapton 8000. That seems strange, wouldn't it fit better as a replacement for the 5k and then I'd use a shapton 8k to final polish?

btw. I've used a shapton pro (1k) and, myself, I don't have a preference between its feedback and the takenoko feedback. I used to love the feel of the Takenoko compared to my other old stones, but I really liked the feel of the shapton when I tried it.... maybe there's a significant difference in the feel of the shapton 1k vs a shapton 8k?

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