Suehiro Rika 5000x WaterStone w/base
I'm very new to sharpening, and I bought a number of water stones off of this site, specifically a 500x, 1200x and the 5000x in the subject line. As I was practicing just now, when I got to the 5000x I noticed that the knife started "carving notches" in the stone (for lack of a better description). In other words, it didn't slide across the stone like the 500x and 1200x, but actually when down into the stone. Is this because I soaked it too long? Is it because I pushed down too hard?
Also (to hijack my own thread) ... which stone do I used to create the secondary bevel? I created it using the 5000x, not sure if that is correct or not.
Either way, this was my 3rd practice and it nicely cuts through paper with ease (though the blade has the scratches to show for it :)).