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Dave Martell
04-28-2013, 12:24 AM
After some consideration I've decided to drop this stone from my site. I'll keep it listed for a few more days to give people a chance to get one before it's gone.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/SizeComparison_zps8e901fb5.jpg (http://www.japaneseknifesharpeningstore.com/category-s/107.htm)

XL Synthetic Aoto (http://www.japaneseknifesharpeningstore.com/Synthetic-Aoto-p/synaoto1.htm)

L Synthetic Aoto (http://www.japaneseknifesharpeningstore.com/product-p/synaoto2.htm)

ThEoRy
04-28-2013, 12:57 AM
What was the deciding factor? I've always wondered about this stone.

turbochef422
04-28-2013, 01:06 AM
Mine broke in 3 places and I thought I was careful

Dave Martell
04-28-2013, 01:01 PM
I feel kinda cruddy selling this stone, even with my strong warnings, because it's just too likely to cause the customer problems - why sell something that could leave a bad taste in the customer's mouth?

Funny thing though is that I'll re-order one for myself if mine breaks or gets too thin (it's an XL that's 1/2" thick now).

420layersofdank
06-26-2015, 09:24 PM
Mine broke in 3 places and I thought I was careful

Did you lacquer the sides and bottom? I just picked up a large one and am very nervous about breaking it. Tips?

Pensacola Tiger
06-26-2015, 09:35 PM
Did you lacquer the sides and bottom? I just picked up a large one and am very nervous about breaking it. Tips?

I'd consider glueing it to a base - wood, granite or even Corian.

420layersofdank
06-26-2015, 09:49 PM
I'd consider glueing it to a base - wood, granite or even Corian.

Thanks!!! Any advice on type of glue and should I still lacquer the sides if I do glue to a base?

Pensacola Tiger
06-26-2015, 10:16 PM
Thanks!!! Any advice on type of glue and should I still lacquer the sides if I do glue to a base?

I'd use an epoxy like Devcon 2 Ton, or at least something that's waterproof. Lacquering the sides probably isn't necessary, but won't hurt any.

420layersofdank
06-27-2015, 01:40 AM
I'd use an epoxy like Devcon 2 Ton, or at least something that's waterproof. Lacquering the sides probably isn't necessary, but won't hurt any.

Thanks man!! Sorry but one more question. Perma soak or splash and go? I hear both good and bad things about soaking this guy

Pensacola Tiger
06-27-2015, 01:59 AM
Thanks man!! Sorry but one more question. Perma soak or splash and go? I hear both good and bad things about soaking this guy

I'm going to let Dave answer that one, if he doesn't mind.

Dave Martell
06-27-2015, 10:28 AM
This stone needs to be soaked to work to it's potential so the question of splash-n-go is out. The question then becomes perma-soak or short-soak-dry after use. I prefer perma-soaking this stone BUT I keep it in it's own bucket. I do this to keep it from clanking into other stones and because the mud it makes gets all over the other stones and makes a big mess.

My belief, from hearing other's people's stories, that most of the breakage comes from using the stone frequently and short-soaking it and/or drying it out too rapidly in the sun, in front of a fan, or a window, etc. Mounting this stone on a stable substrate that's waterproof and perma-soaking it in it's own bucket should provide the solution here.

420layersofdank
06-27-2015, 07:21 PM
Thanks guys. Can't wait!!

Dave Martell
06-27-2015, 07:29 PM
This a great stone, you should have fun with it. :)