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Tweener Stone

Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:46 am

I need some recommendations . . . I have a great selection and progression of stones and all do very well except I don't really care for my Shapton Glass 4K stone. I have the Shapton 320 & 1K too and no issues with them. The 4K just tends to load, does not have a nice feel, and I just feel like trying something is in order.

I have been sharpening my whole life but really just became hooked into Japanese whetstones about a year ago. At this point I am not a professional, but I have sharpened around 100 knives so if someone was willing to pay me, I believe I can provide them with a high quality product in return.

From the 1K Shapton Glass I need the next progression of stone before going to my Kitayama 8K (which I love and now have the skill to both strop and sharpen by pushing the edge (need a definition here) without gouging the soft stone.

I think a single stone between the 1K S-Glass and the Kitayama will be enough, but I would love what you guys think.

Here is my inventory so you have an idea:
Atoma 140x
Nubatama Bamboo 150 Grit
Shapton Glass 320 Grit
Shapton Glass 1K Grit
Shapton Glass 4K Grit (Looking to replace)
Kitayama 8K Grit (Green Stone mounted on a base)
Ozuku Koppa
Balsa Strop w/ 1 micron diamond spray
Balsa Strop w/ .5 chromium oxide paste
Horse hide strop
kangaroo strop- I am going to try Ken's .1 micron CBN on this.

I know this is kinda sick, but no sicker than most of the rest of the folks on this site :mrgreen: .


Re: Tweener Stone

Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:22 am

good old suehiro rika won't disappoint =D

Re: Tweener Stone

Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:17 am

Suehiro Rika is my first thought as well, however I'm not sure if you'd like it or not.

It's a fairly soft stone and everything else in your lineup is hard or pretty hard.

The Shapton Pro 5k is a great stone and fairly hard.

Suehiro Rika, though, for me, is where it's at. :)

Re: Tweener Stone

Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:42 am

i don't find the rika too hard though. great feedback on that stone. not that i've had anything else in that grit lol.

Re: Tweener Stone

Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:28 am

Chosera 3k for me. Magnificent feedback. 3k to 8k is OK most of the time.

Re: Tweener Stone

Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:18 pm

Shapton Pro 5k was my first though if you want a hard stone. I like the feel of the Pro stones.

Re: Tweener Stone

Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:54 pm

I have had good luck going from a 1k Arashiyama ,Chocera,or Sigma Power straight to the 6k Arashiyama no problem,or perhaps the 4k Imanishi

Re: Tweener Stone

Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:15 pm

Seems to me if you had 2K stone in your progression you might like your 4K stone better.

Re: Tweener Stone

Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:56 pm

If your wanting to get away from Shapton then you might want to try a Nubatama Bamboo 4k-5k.

Re: Tweener Stone

Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:31 pm

Wow, great feedback guys, thanks!! I would love to hear more . . .

Adam, Is the Suehiro Rika any softer than the Kitayama I already have? That is a pretty soft stone and now that I don't gouge it, I like it!
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