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    Best all purpose whetstone?

    Anyone have a stone they couldnt do without?

    Currently I am using this progression but am looking to switch it up a bit as I think I want to add a medium grit stone between the 1200-5000.

    Beston 500
    Bester1200
    Suehiro Rika 5K
    Kitayama 8K

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    i wouldn't bother. i've used Rikas after 1000 stones, they do just fine. in fact, i've used a Kitayama after 1000 stones, with good results. more stones = more chances to mess up and more metal removed.

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    Bechler, I use the same progression, except my 8k is Takenoko I thought about adding something in the 3k range, but like Edipis says, there's really no need.
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    I added a synthetic aoto and its great to finish my stainless but for carbon I skip right over it straight to the 5,000

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    King 1000?

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    Bester1200
    Suehiro Rika 5K
    Kitayama 8K

    I got the same setup

    i stop at 5k with double bevel knives.

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    Bester 1200
    Gesshin 4000

    Sometimes wt double bevel just the Bester,Tho the Gesshin 4K has got me spoiled at the med. polishing stage.

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    Probably Shapton GlassStone #1000. Unfashionable, I know. Also been getting a lot of mileage out of my Shapton M5 #5000 lately (a stone that I have slagged off many times in the past, but truth is I didn't have the skill or patience to get the most out of it).

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    Gesshin 4k no doubt most stone I use, cuts fast enough to remove fatigued steel and leaves a good enough edge to shave easily plus enough tooth to last a long time.

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    There's really no reason to put something between the 1k and the 5k but my favorite stone in the 2-4k range would be the Gesshin 2k or 4k. If you go for the 2k, I'd lose your Bester. If you go for the 4k, you really don't need your Rika, IMO.

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