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    Which stone?

    Been learning to sharpen on shapton glass stones, and I really like cutting, and splash and go, but was hoping for something with more feedback. Looking for a single 1k or 2k stone to try out. Brands I'm looking at are Beston, King, and Chosera. Thoughts?
    ~Brandon

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    Beston - decent
    King - slow cutting
    Chosera - over priced

    JMO

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    Go gesshin all the way, you will not be disappointed!

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    I've heard nothing but very fast cutter and good feedback on Gesshin stones, they also have splash-n-go lines.

    Bester 1k or 1.2k for mid-value stone, fast cutter, good feedback, but a soaker. I have the 1k, I think it's fast with okay-good feedback. I think I would prefer a little softer and muddier. I'm influenced by the Suehiro Rika 5k, by its smooth silky feel.

    How about Naniwa Green Brick 2k? not sure how fast it cuts compared to the others, but many say it has good feedback, muddy and polishes to 4-5k, & can be splash-n-go.

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    The Gesshin sound compelling. Do the splash and go models have as good a feedback as the others?
    ~Brandon

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    Quote Originally Posted by bahamaroot View Post
    Beston - decent
    King - slow cutting
    Chosera - over priced
    If you can find a Japanese seller, Chosera should be a lot more moderately priced. Of course this would depend on your googling and maybe Japanese skills.

    I recently got a 600 Chosera for around $35 from a shop, though they don't ship internationally. If what you find is overpriced then you haven't found the right places. (Avoid US sellers, I guess?) For example, I just googled for a 1000 grit and this came up on Ratuken: http://item.rakuten.co.jp/honmamon-r..._srecommend_01

    Finding a decent deal on shipping would be another thing. Probably more economical to order more than one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by augerpro View Post
    The Gesshin sound compelling. Do the splash and go models have as good a feedback as the others?
    The only Gesshin's I have (600 and 5k) are splash and go and I consider the feedback to be very good.
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    I've used nearly all the Gesshin stones and own a fair number of them. In general, tactile feedback on the soakers is second to none. The splash n go stones are a step or two behind but still very nice. I use them as my standard sharpening stones. If I broke one, I'd replace it immediately. Of the less expensive options in the 1k range, I would pick the Bester 1.2k. It's a soaker and has long been the best value leader in the category.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GConcept999 View Post
    How about Naniwa Green Brick 2k? not sure how fast it cuts compared to the others, but many say it has good feedback, muddy and polishes to 4-5k, & can be splash-n-go.
    I have a Green Brick. It is soft, gouges easily, feels kind of dull to me depending on the knife, but is great for softer stainless steels in my experience.
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    I had a chance to use Bester 1000/6000 combination stone and the feeleing vas very nice and cutting speed was good too.

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