Got Iyoto stone today from 330mate
I needed to try this one out !
330mate is only soars that i can get Iyotos from so i searched for one on his website and bought one for 9000 yen + shipping 3000 yen
Same time i bought Bester 1000 grit stone on German website for 37 euro + shipping 10 euro http://www.fine-tools.com/bester.html
So prices of Bester is cheaper but Iyoto is twice as big as Bester so for size they cost exactly the same !
Here is my impression:
Bester: Soft stone, cuts very fast, i love the feeling of that stone I permanent soak mine stone so it lives in water. Very easy to use, light colour make it so easy to see metal removal !
Very good for beginner and pro. !
Iyoto: Hard stone, not so easy to use but with Nagura make it much easier and faster ! Splash and go stone, these stone will last a very long time. Bit slower then Bester but i think its because of hardens, finish is bit finer then Bester.
I like these stone a lot too Beautiful zebra colour!
Not for beginner !
Ok, here are some videos and Picture of finish
Knives in test White 2 steel laminated Pity and Tamahagene hole steel Gyuto !
Iyoto and Nagura (much faster)
Iyo, white steel laminated
Bester, white steel laminated