Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:38 pm
Thanks for the extremely useful advice and based on that i went with the suehiro rika and really like it a lot, it has been wonderful. So next question would be on the next step up I was wondering what you may recommend? I have read good things from the owners of this stone and some like the kitayama 8000 for the next step up which gets great reviews as well as a stepping stone between 5000 and 10,000 or as a finishing/stropping stone as is.
Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:03 pm
Also a Snow White is a good jump or the 8 and 10k nubatamas. Peace, jmbullman
Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:20 pm
JOHN DOE <> What are you sharpening, and what are you processing?
The Kitayama elicits some interesting opinions; lotta love it or hate it. I'm in the former's camp. Some say it has a 8k-12k range depending on where you are in the stone. I find the mud refines really well so maybe the aforementioned opinion is based upon refined mud. Whatever the case may be; I enjoy the stone, and find it a great value.
The Snow White, Bullman, mentions is going to offer you a higher mirror polish.
Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:51 pm
There are a several stones in the 8-10K range that are interesting.
The Kitayama is a good stone but it's soft so I recommend you strop on this stone only (i.e. use edge trailing strokes).
I prefer the Naniwa Super 10k to the Kitayama. It's another softy so again I like to strop on this one.
The Snow White is a good polisher that gives a really nice finish as well.
The Chosera 10 is the stone I've used the most and it's a sweet stone but expensive. A little harder than the others.
The Imanishi 10K is gives a great finish and it's less money than most of them. I've used this stone a bunch as well.
I've never tried the Nubatama 10K but I'll get to it. Looks nice and there is a good video on the item page if you want to see it in action.
The Shapton Glass stone 10K is the hardest of the group and I like it quite a bit. It's on the pricey side. It cuts well and you can push against this stone. It's also splash and go.
Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:28 pm
I've actually heard enough reports that the Kitayama should be used after a 10k stone that I'm starting to believe it.
I love and use the Naniwa 10k SS, but as Mark said it's very soft. Takes some care to use with a push/pull....otherwise just strop with it.
Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:40 pm
Love the edges I am getting off my new Imanishi 10k. Haven't tried the others to say better or worse, but it is relatively inexpensive, leaves a crisp mirrored finish, and has gotten me my first hanging hair test successes, so I am very happy with it. Recommended highly.
Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:28 am
I have and love my Kitayama and when I got it from Mark I only stropped. I have enough control now that I use it just like any other stone, edge leading and trailing. It is an awesome and fast polisher and I can highly recommend it!
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