All you Stoners out there...
My recent response to Ryan's post about his thoughts on the Naniwa SS 10K being 'garbage' got me thinking a bit about some other things and made me want to start this topic, although only partially is related to that.
This goes out to all you Stoners out there. In this case, a Stoner is someone who has a multitude of stones of similar grits across different brands, types, etc. Basically it is someone who continuously buys/collects new stones to try when they don't have a real 'need' for them (like how most of us are with knives at some point).
I've had the same stones since I started sharpening, which I've listed in the appropriate thread (600-1200-5K-10K). Over my time with these stones, I've realized I love each one and am extremely satisfied with the results I can achieve with them, that I don't see a need to ever change up (unless just out of curiosity only).
Also, in all of the knives I've sharpened, I've never had the thought that one of my stones was bad for a particular kind of steel or knife type...they've all felt and performed extremely well for everything that I've thrown at them. I am very confident in my abilities, but also humble enough to know and edge can always be improved on. However, I can't imagine adding or replacing any stones in my lineup, or using a new stropping material that will have a significant, noticable improvement on my edges, with all else being equal.
Ryan hated the Naniwa SS 10K, while I and others, think it is a brilliant stone. Just like knives, stones are about preference and styles/skills--what works for some people doesn't always seem to work for another.
My question to the Stoners is: Is this just more of a preference thing then? Are you buying a variety of stones just to see what feels better on different steels/knives because it is fun...or are you actually getting poor results from certain steel/stone combos that cause you to try new ones? I'm not trying to say one view is better than another...I'm just trying to understand this outlook. The more simplistic approach of MC appeals to me--more technique than the tools.