Basically I am getting to the point where my XXC coarse DMT is worn to the point where it's no longer time effective to use. I sharpen my own knife (time isn't such an issue here) but I also sharpen for some chefs and at a farmers market, which gets me a little pocket money , but these knives need at a minimum some significant burr formation to remove the fatigued steel, and often bevel setting, tip and chip repairs etc.
So I am looking for a waterstone to replace it, as I am tired of the feeling that every pass I make on the DMT is not only reducing its life, but its cutting speed. For a stone to fill the roll, it should not have a cutting speed of less than that of a broken-in XXC DMT and minimal dishing, if that's possible. What I have found is the Sigma power ceramic stone 120 grit from Stu, which looks quite good, and very cheap. The only other stones I have found would be one of the very coarse ******** stones from the plum or bamboo lines. I am not interested in forum politics, and if one of those stones would fill the roll the best, please recommend it.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, I am looking for one or more finishing stones. I guess you could say that I'm chasing a mirror edge, but I know that will only end in disappointment. Being able to achieve a nice kasumi finish off these stones is also quite important to me. My green brick tends to put a dull finish on any part of a wide flat bevel, with only minor for the metal hardness, and only polishing on the hamaguri edge. My original plan was for a Kitayama 8k, but on Dave's advice, I am considering getting an 8k SS to use beforehand. However, after a bit of browsing, I found that I could get the 8k & 10k Super Stones, or the Sigma power ceramic stone 8k & Kitayama 8k, or the Sigma power ceramic stone 10k by its self, or any combination of these which is a bit much for me to decide upon, basing my opinions mostly on forum posts from 2009...
Also, I can't afford chosera's at the moment.
Thanks for any advice.