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What's a good mid range 1K stone?

Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:30 pm

I'm looking for a water stone in the 1000X range. Which one of these two should I consider? Bester 1200x or Red Brick 1K? Or should I consider something else? Thanks.

Regards,
Ed

Re: What's a good mid range 1K stone?

Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:32 pm

This Imanishi 1K stone a really good and it's overlooked. Try it and I'll bet you'll really enjoy it. I like it more than most of the 1K stones we offer yet nobody every buys it.

I need to do a video demo of this stone. I'm always surprised at how cautious people are to try new stones...

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/ri10grst.html

Re: What's a good mid range 1K stone?

Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:49 pm

Never tried the Imanishi, but the 1,000 grit Nubatama Ume is a great 1,000 grit stone. The Bester 1200 is as well, but I find I like the Ume just a bit better.

Re: What's a good mid range 1K stone?

Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:06 pm

I find the Arishiyama 1k to be one of the best 1k stones for the price. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/ar10gr.html

Re: What's a good mid range 1K stone?

Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:22 am

Hi Ed,

Something to consider.

Do you plan your sharpening sessions or just go at it when you have a few minutes?

Stones come in two categories. Soakers and Splash and Go.

The soakers can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes soak time to get the right amount of water in them.
Splash and go are pretty much instant. Just spray them and they are ready to so.

Re: What's a good mid range 1K stone?

Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:15 am

Ed, Any of the stones listed above will do the job. Since you are new to sharpening, my advice is to just pick one that fits the budget and start learning to sharpen. If CKTG had them in stock, I would even suggest a King 1k. I started on King stones and still use them along with my Nubatama's, Naniwa's, Bester's, Suehiros and a couple natural stones. I'm still learning and increasing my skills - there are many more people on this forum with more experience and greater skills than I and many of them may suggest different stones. After sharpening for awhile, you will learn what type of stone you enjoy working on and can then make better stone purchasing decisions based on your own experience. For now, just pick one and get to work on it. Since you already have your eye on the red brick, buy it.

Welcome to the forum and have fun with your new stone!

- Steve

Re: What's a good mid range 1K stone?

Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:25 am

I got a Nubatama Ume 1K Speckled Medium in last week and finally got to use it. Reminds me of a Bester 1200, but a smoother feel to it. Really liked it the first time I used it, seems to make less mud than the Bester 1200.

Re: What's a good mid range 1K stone?

Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:07 am

I have Tim's old King 1k :lol:

Chris

Re: What's a good mid range 1K stone?

Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:30 pm

Yeah, the King 1K/6K was my first real stone! Wasn't bad to start with, but I learned that I like harder stones for most things now.

Re: What's a good mid range 1K stone?

Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:36 pm

Hi Ed,

If you can provide a little more info, we can make more directed suggestions.

- Are you new to sharpening?
- Are you planning to use the 1K on its own or is it to fit in with some other stones you have?
- What type of knives are you sharpening?
- Do you need a stone that is ready to work instantly, or do you plan your sharpening sessions?
- Do you have a budget in mind?
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