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 Post subject: Looking for a new low grit stone.
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:22 am 
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I have a Bester 500 that I am looking to replace/supplement. I have an ever growing Shapton Pro progression so logically I should get the Shapton Pro 320?
I have been re-profiling on a
DMT xtra-course...then the
Beston 500
Shapton Pro 1k
Shapton Pro 5k
Kitayama 8k

Until I learn to better use the Bester 500, I thought just adding the Shapton Pro 320 would be the smart choice to combine the 220 DMT and the Bester 500 to help me skip a step.
Am I wrong?
Thanks for your input.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a new low grit stone.
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:17 pm 

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Shapton pro 320 is a decent stone but for it's wear rate and cutting speed it's my opinion that the 220 pro would be a better choice. To me, the 320 is not a bevel setting stone and when used in this role you tend to wear away the stone quickly and become fatigued early in the sharpening. The 320 is a great medium coarse stone that excels at removing coarser grind marks, a transitional stone between coarse and medium grit stones.

Unless your beston is almost worn out I would consider the Nubatama bamboo 150. It is hard like a Shapton but less muddy and removes steel quickly.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a new low grit stone.
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:37 pm 
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Thanks Jason.
Do you think I can make the jump from a SP 220 to the SP 1k?
I was hoping to cut out the Bester 500 altogether.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a new low grit stone.
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:45 pm 
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You can make the jump from a 150 Nubatama bamboo to the pro 1k for most steels. For abrasion resistant steels use the 500 inbetween for now until it's gone. The 150 leaves a surprisingly easy finish to jump up to the next grit.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a new low grit stone.
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:15 pm 
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I never had trouble going from the Pro 320 to the 1k I doubt there would be a problem with the 220 either.



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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a new low grit stone.
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:17 pm 

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What Ken said.

You can jump from the 150 bamboo to most 1k stones unless the blade road becomes too large or the steel too wear resistant.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a new low grit stone.
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:04 pm 
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Cool.
I understand too wear resistant.
But, blade road? I don't know the term.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a new low grit stone.
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Blade road refers to the elongated bevel common on single bevel knives. It is normal sharpening procedure to polish the blade road on knives like these. Since there is more total surface area to cover, larger jumps between stones become difficult because you have to do more work to remove the previous stone's scratches.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a new low grit stone.
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:32 pm 
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Nice!
Thanks Jason, Ken and Cedarhouse.
I'll probably the Nubatama Bamboo 140.
If that's what seems to be the best case.
I still have some life in that Bester 500. I will keep using it as needed.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a new low grit stone.
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:33 pm 
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Oh and thank you too Jeff B.
You guys rock.


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