Nubatama Bamboo 2000 Grit Stone
I have been working with the Nubatama Bamboo 2,000 grit stone for a few weeks, and I agree with knife sharpening wizard, Ken Schwartz, that the Bamboo 2K stone is a “magical” stone. I have previously decided that the Bamboo 1,200 grit stone is a “magical” stone as well. Like the Nubatama Bamboo 1,200 grit, the Bamboo 2K behaves like a Japanese natural stone, produces a fine mud, and a finish that is similar to a Japanese natural.
There is really nothing quite like the Bamboo 2K in either a synthetic or natural stone. I particularly like to use the Bamboo 2K stone to sharpen carbon steel knives (as to harder stainless steels, like CPM154, I far prefer Shapton Glass stones, which are harder, and faster cutting stones). I have sharpened all of my Richmond Carbon 52100 knives, as well as Takeda and Konesuke san mai aogami super steel knives, with the Bamboo 2K, and have been astonished at the soft natural finish that it produces.
A good sequence on a knife with an established edge is to start with the Bamboo 1,200 grit, move to the Bamboo 2K, then finish on Yaginoshima Asagi, followed by stropping. The Nubatama Bamboo 2,000 grit stone is a “must have” stone for any serious knife sharpener.
For more on the Nubatama Bamboo 2,000 grit stone, go to http://www.chefknivestogo.com/nubatama6.html
For the Yaginoshima Asagi, go to http://www.chefknivestogo.com/yaas.html
For the Nubatama Bamboo 1,200 grit stone, go to http://www.chefknivestogo.com/nubatama1.html