Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:09 pm
How are you, I hate to ask a question because of the forums you have but i looked and couldnt find the answer. Im looking to buy some waterstones, specifically the superstones 1000 and 8000. My only concern is how so many people have said how soft they are, as far as sharpening stones go i dont really know what that means for the stone. I would really like to get my order in by wednesday July 17 so it can be sent out that day, if you could get back to me asap i'd really appreciate it. Thank you for your time.
Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:14 pm
Thanks for looking on our forums!
So, the superstones are a little softer than many others we sell. Soft stones tend to cut fast (grind quickly) and wear quickly too. In the higher grits they tend to polish well and they also tend to gouge if you wobble or use to much pressure.
So, I usually recommend the 5k-12k superstones and I tend to not recommend the lower ones. I also recommend you strop on the high grit stones to refine the edge. Another way to say this is to use edge trailing strokes. This will allow you to refine your edge without gouging it.
If you want a good 1K stone this one is really good and similar price: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/ri10grst.html
The superstones are splash and go. This Imanishi stone needs a soak of about 10 minutes.
Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:05 am
yep, coz lower ones wear easily and much faster because of grit size.
Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:25 am
When I say the Superstones are soft, I literally mean they're softer than other stones. Imagine, albeit this is an exaggeration, a piece of granite countertop and a piece of chalk. You can barely dent granite with a hammer, but you can dig at chalk with your finger nail.
So, when sharpening with a Superstone, it's very easy to gouge the stone and the stone will wear away much faster than a harder stone....as Mark has mentioned.
Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:04 am
Hello, just my 2 cents worth, I have the 3 k and 5k super stones and love mine, they cut great on higher end steels .I use very little pressure when I sharpen on any stone and that's just my style which I learned by rolling my fingertips under the edge from so much pressure. Although not being a fan of synthetic nugura's I have one that came with my chosera and when my superstone gets loaded up with swarf, I will rinse the stone in a bucket on water usually beside me and lightly rub it over the super stone and rinse well than keep going at it if necessary. Like I said rarely use nagura's unless their for natural stones I find these work well on those two. Now for the lesser grits I have never used so I can't say either way but my 3 and 5 k are keepers in my lineup and I have several different lineups. If you are using the 5k as the finisher the lighter pressure it will in my eye polish up to look like a 8k and will have a slightly toothy feel. Most will disagree but that's my experience. Btw get the ones without the stands if possible it will save you one hell of a headache. I never could make those work no matter how light of pressure I used. Just my 2 cents take it to heart or toss it out but that is my expectancy of my two super stones. Peace, jmbullman
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