I still have your 5k which works.great for me at work.touching everyones knives up. Jon thank you for always answering my questions
Ohishi 1000/3000/6000 waterstones
I recently switched to Ohishi having used Norton's previously. My previous stones were the Norton 220/1000/8000. I didn't find them (the Norton's) to be that bad but the 220 did feel very gritty/scratchy as did the 1000. The 8000 felt buttery smooth but felt very soft and seemed to wear quickly. By contrast, the Ohishi are splash and go, they are slightly larger in size so there's more surface area to work on, they are not soft and do not wear as fast as the Norton's yet they are very smooth and give very good feedback. The Ohishi also cut faster and leave a more refined edge than the Nortons. I can find my bevel much easier on these stones. The 1000 really is a great stone and leaves a very nice edge to start. Overall, I'm very happy with these stones. I use them to sharpen my German steel knives (four star) and my A2 steel chisels and plane irons. I have not sharpened anything over rc 62 so I can't speak for their performance on Japanese steels.
Correction: some of my plane irons go up to rc 62.
Last edited by feds27; 12-01-2013 at 12:46 PM.
More Ohishi info
I forgot to mention, with the Norton 8000 I noticed it would get a gummy feeling and sometimes load/clog easily. This doesn't happen with the Ohishi, they cut without clogging. I use a nagura on stones 3000 and greater to work up a mud. They also work fine without a nagura but take a little more time to work up a mud. You can also work up a mud with a diamond lapping plate, which is what I did before getting a nagura. Overall I'm really impressed with these stones. Very cheap stones with the exception of the 8000 and 10000. I opted for the Imanishi 10k instead of the Ohishi 10k so I can't speak for the Ohishi 10k. The 8k is similar to the Kitayama in price and performance.