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Knife Fanatic wrote:Hey ya'll! I was wonderin'.... I haven't seen any reviews on the Shobu yet, other than the one I did;
Just sharpened a Moritaka nakiri with it today. I went to the Shobu straight from a Shapton Glass 1,000. I worked up a little mud on the Shobu first with a Shapton 16,000 GlassStone, and my oh my, it gave a solid 5k shine with 6-8k refinement at the edge, and plenty of bite. To be honest, I want to know how much higher this stone finishes, because it seems that it may get you all the way up to 10k IMO. Really, it's my favorite Japanese natural to finish a kitchen knife with. The Ozuku Asagi doesn't give the type of mirror and teeth that this does, but the finish is a slightly brighter matte finish, and a little more refined.
I find it hard to believe the Shobu could give such a semi-mirror type finish and not actually be higher in refinement than that Ozuku, but I've gone back and forth a few times, and it seems the Ozuku makes you lose that semi-mirror and makes it bright-matte... but ultimately it's a harder stone and gives you a more refined finish. Following an Ozuku Asagi edge with CrO is enough to finish a razor.
Very funny how the Shobu was able to go straight from 1k, and even with some speed. It's pretty fast, especially for a natural. Mind you this was on Aogami Super steel (carbon), the stone is actually good enough to sharpen SG-2 meaningfully. Maybe I just got lucky with a super high quality stone, but I've yet to use a Japanese natural on stainless with so much success. White and blue steel get insanely sharp off of this stone, really, it's a great stopping point IMO. Going any sharper and you should have your head checked.
I strongly suggest you getting one of these stones next time they come back in stock. Well worth every penny, fast cutting, nice mud production, no soaking, and very good polisher. Add into your synthetic stone line-up, following a 1,000 or 2,000 stone with the Shobu is a 1-2 synthetic/natural knockout.
If you have one of these stones, please talk about it!
Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:18 am