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    I would pick the SS 10K now, and suggest that you only consider the Kitayama later if you aren't happy with it.

    The Kitayama is best AFTER most 10K stones or BETWEEN the Rika 5K and JKS 10K. You are better off going from the Rika 5K to the SS 10K and stopping there than going from the Rika 5K to the Kitayama and stopping there. After getting the SS 10K, I would pick up a Beston 500 or Gesshin 400 before the Kitayama, and from there, maybe try to get a used JKS 10K. Your stone progression for your yanagiba would progress like this as you acquire stones:

    Bester 1200 -> Rika 5K
    Bester 1200 -> Rika 5K -> SS 10K
    Beston 500 or Gesshin 400 -> Bester 1200 -> Rika 5K -> SS 10K
    Beston 500 or Gesshin 400 -> Bester 1200 -> Rika 5K -> SS 10K -> Kitayama
    Beston 500 or Gesshin 400 -> Bester 1200 -> Rika 5K -> Kitayama -> JKS 10K

    Just my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxim View Post
    I kind of love Kitayama, from the start i was not impressed but it grew on me a lot. Now i use that stone for razors and Kamisoris all the time.
    BTW Iwasaki use it as bevel setter on his Kamisoris hehe
    No kidding! I haven't used mine in months. Maybe I'll give it another shot.

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    I discovered today that my Imanishi Bester 8k leaves less mirrored polish then SS 5K. I was quite surprise, as it is rated to be 1micron apparently :-/ To not open a new thread, should I just drop the 8K progression and get SS 10K right away as suggested by many in this forum? I want something for mirror polishing the blade....
    I will keep the 8K for light touch-ups it does great in this aspect.

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    polish is not always a function of grit... its also related to binding agent, hardness, abrasive type and shape, etc. A higher grit will not always leave a more mirror like finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBroida View Post
    polish is not always a function of grit... its also related to binding agent, hardness, abrasive type and shape, etc. A higher grit will not always leave a more mirror like finish.
    Good point Jon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBroida View Post
    polish is not always a function of grit... its also related to binding agent, hardness, abrasive type and shape, etc. A higher grit will not always leave a more mirror like finish.
    That would explain the results I was getting! What do you recommend to follow the SS 5k then? So far from this thread and another topics I am between Naniwa SS10K and Naniwa Janpaku (Snow White).?

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    I would stick with SS10k. SS are well known for being particularly nice for polishing. I used SS 3k-8k-12k at one point for leaving a very nice, even, mirror-like polish.

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    If it is a one or the other question it would be the 10k SS. You'll get a better polish as a stand alone.

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    between those two, for polish along, the naniwa ss 10k is the better bet. I like the feeling and resultant edge from the junpaku better myself personally, but it wont be as bright of a mirror finish and the stones are known for developing hairline cracks.

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    Thank you all!

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