Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:04 pm
Two of my favourite water stones have cracked, my 5k Bamboo and 6K Arishyama, I am upset about that. I did salvage my 6k I believe by adhering it to a base, I used the glass from a 500 Shapton Glass so I think that may prevent further damage.
An inch of the Bamboo 5k however cracked off, the good news is that there is still plenty of stone to use and what remains is not cracked at all.
My sharpening room was too warm so the stones were drying to quickly, so this is my fault, there is no issue at all with these stones. I learned a valuable lesson though.
On another stone topic, anyone have any experience with the Chosera 2k Stone?
I was considering the 3k Chosera and I know it is a good stone, I know it is an excellent stone but I already have a Sigma Power Select II 3K stone and that is pretty good too.
So the 2k Chosera is high on my list right now.
Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:35 pm
You might want consider a natural stone in the middle grit range. How do you like the Bamboo 5k...I ordered one...Do you have any other 5k stones to compare it to?
Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:30 pm
Hi Umberto, I have no interest in natural stones just yet, there will come a time for those but they are not on my radar yet.
The Bamboo 5k is a beautiful stone, wonderful feedback and it delivers a very nicely polished edge, I highly recommend it.
I have the Naniwa Chosera 5K as well and I like that just as much. You will be very please with your Bamboo, it's very nice.
Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:19 pm
List the stones you use, especially in the middle grit range and I'll try and give you a suggestion.
Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:53 pm
2K Shapton Glass
3K Sigma Power Select II
5K Naniwa Chosera/Bamboo
Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:28 pm
Mel thanks, great suggestion.
I have my hands on a 2k Chosera, so I am going to check that out today.
Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:28 am
From Ken's description, sounds like the Nubatama is a lot softer than the Chosera. Looking forward to your thoughts.
Sun Jan 12, 2014 2:26 am
Bummer Peter. So the cracks were vertical not horizontal? I ask because my Imanishi 4K looks like its developing some kind of fissure along the length of the stone. It could have always been there for all I know. Becoming more pronounced with time.
Sun Jan 12, 2014 2:53 am
Dang, that seems odd to me, how warm of a room are we talking? It commonly reaches over 100 f here in the summer, I have a set of stones in my shed and I have never had that issue...
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