Another question about EP stone upgrades!
So here we go...I've got an APEX with all the stones (120, 220, 400, 600, 1000) and 2000 & 3000 grit polishing tape. I've gotten reasonably proficient on it, and am able to get almost any production knife sharper now than it was when brand new. I use the EP stones now starting between 120-1000 depending on the shape of the knife, work progressively through the increasingly finer stones, and finish at 2k or 3k polishing tape (which I find to work well, but be quite a pain). I find this gives me an edge I am very happy with as-is, and so I've not been stropping like I did prior to the polishing tape. So for my aftermarket stones, I want something that yields an equal or better job than the EP stones/polishing tape at finishing the razor edge.
Some of the features of the Choseras and Shaptons look appealing to me. For example, the fast speed of cutting, the wet-and-go feature of the Shaptons, a longer service life, (I killed a 400, 600, and 1000 EP stone in about 18 months), and many options with finer stones beyond 1000 grit to avoid the polishing tape.
So I ordered a 270mm Kono Fuji Blue #2 today, and I also purchased a 5k Chosera. I was about to purchase the set, but went for the more expensive gyuto at the last moment and so now they will have to wait. As a benefit, that gives me more time to pick your mind. My intent with this stone is to use it after the 1000 grit EP stone as the finishing stone that will eliminate the 2000 and 3000 grit polishing tap.
So for those using Shaptons, Choseras, and other brands, care to share some insight with me?
-1-What makers/grits did you purchase?
-2-Do you skip grits as you go (ex: 1000-->5000 skipping a 2000 and 3000)?
-3-How fine do you take your final finish?
-4-Upon being finished with a 5k, 10k, 16k+ stone, do you find the knife still has that 'bite'? (that seems to come from microserrations?)
-5-Do you think the (less expensive) setup of using the factory EP stones to either 600 or 1000 and then continuing sharpening using the higher grit Chosera/Shaptons is a good setup? (ex: my intent to go directly from the EP 1000 stone to the Chosera 5000)[/list]
Thank you in advance!