I've owned 7 different 1k's including, Norton, Sigma Power Select II, Ume, King, Shapton G and Shapton P and Chosera. People pay me to sharpen knives so I needed to find something that was not only cost effective, accessible, made knives sharp but also, pleasant to use, it's not just about the destination, it's the journey too so I was always looking for a stone that would make the sharpening process something to look forward to and not a chore. Also, something that due to it's dependability would inspire confidence, because confidence in what I was using meant sharp knives and I need that comforting feeling when handing back a knife to a customer.
Thus far, only a couple of 1k Stones have done that for me and that's the Chosera 1k and the Shapton Glass 1k. I'm not exaggerating when I talk about the feel of the Chosera 1k, it is a sensation that invites sharpening, and a stone that so consistently delivers terrific edges. Fortunately, on top of that it is very easy to maintain, dishes slowly and requires very little soaking, or none at all.
Now the Shapton Glass stone just feels different but I'll tell you, I would have a hard time choosing between the two of them, in fact I can't, that's why I own both.
I will be honest and say that I am a little bias towards the Chosera lineup. When I crossed the line from being extremely interested to being obsessed with sharpening (and found some of you guys
) I knew that over time I would own every Chosera stone because the brand was one of the heavy hitters, very highly regarded and just something I had to have. Theres a bond there because my first chosera marks a pont in time where my life changed, sharpening was no longer a hobby. Fortunately the Chosera stones were everything I hoped for. Having said that, the SG stones are just as good or perhaps better. (This is just my experience, I'm not criticizing the other brands, my preferences just changed)
Mark talks about the 1.5K Pro, I agree, it is awesome.
I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in the 1k Chosera.