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 Post subject: Which Sharpening stone should I choose?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:47 pm 
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Mark,

In looking at full sized stones, which one of these do you prefer?

Shapton Pro 5000
Suehiro Rika 5000
Imanishi 4000
Imanishi 8000

Are they all good stones, do you think I would be disappointed in any
one of them?

I am filling the gap between my 2k and 16k Glass Stones. I have seen
the reviews on CKtG on the 4K Imanishi, they are pretty good.


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 Post subject: Re: Which Sharpening stone should I choose?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:53 pm 
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Hi Peter,

If it were me and I had a 2K and 16K glass stone I would choose the 5K Rika or the 4K Imanishi as long as you are ok with soaking them. The 5K Rika is a stone I use all the time and the 4K is pretty much it's equal but it cuts faster and doesn't polish quite as good. The 8K Imanishin is similar to the Kitayama and it's a little soft for my taste. The 5K Shapton Pro is good but I prefer the other two slightly.



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 Post subject: Re: Which Sharpening stone should I choose?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:22 pm 
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I have no experience with the two Imanishi stones, but between the other two the Rika is my favorite. The Shapton 5k is a great stone, but I really love the feel and results of the Rika better.



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 Post subject: Re: Which Sharpening stone should I choose?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:07 pm 

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Thanks folks,

Based on Mark's response I am going to pick up the Imanishi here locally, it is the only brand of water stone I can actually walk into a store and see/feel and walk out with. (besides King, Norton and Sigma Power Select II)

In order to satisfy my curiosity of the Rika and need for a good 5K stone for my EP, I will get the Rika for the EP. (My Shapton Pro 5k cracked in half). So this way I get to try both stones and also get to enjoy dealing with CKtG again.

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 Post subject: Re: Which Sharpening stone should I choose?
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Hi Peter,
Let us know what you think of them after you try them.



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 Post subject: Re: Which Sharpening stone should I choose?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:29 pm 
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Rika will feel better to use, and leave a better stopping point, but if you are going to the 16k anyways, the Shapton Pro will polish faster. Easier to screw up on a Shapton Pro though.



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 Post subject: Re: Which Sharpening stone should I choose?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:46 am 

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Well I picked up the Imanishi 4K yesterday and got to work on 5 knives, 3 nice MAC's and 2 Misono's. I really like my Shapton Glass stones, I am not in love with the way they feel but the end product always startles me a little, in a good way. (They are very hard, produce no slurry but the edge is always nice and crisp. They are like precision tools to me, they have never let me down).

After the 500 and 2k GS I took the 4k Imanishi out of the water (20 min). I don't think the stone needed that much time but it was good to go.

I absolutely love the way the stone felt, extremely smooth, silky smooth in fact, it complemented the 2k glass stone very nicely, the edge was good enough to satisfy me and the very picky (but nice) Executive Chef that owns the knives. I'm very happy with the stone, thanks Mark for the recommendation.

Now I have another choice, I want one more stone to use between the 4K and 16k. (I only used the 16K to basically strop the knives last night, trailing motions only)

Since that 4k Imanishi feels so good, I am now considering the 8K but also there is that 10K Sigma Power Select II stone there and I've heard lots of good things on those.

I can't wait to try the 5k Rika on my EP.


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That Sigma Power is a stone I do want to try some day. If you decide to get it, we would love to hear what you think.

I thought I read the Imanishi 8k is a Kitayama clone?!?!



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 Post subject: Re: Which Sharpening stone should I choose?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:53 pm 

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Adam, I read that as well.

They also have the new Sigma 13K too, (new for the store here) that one is apparently quite something in terms of a finisher/polisher. So either the Imanishi 8K, Sigma 10K or Sigma 13K.

I don't really NEED any of them by the way :)


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