I'm fairly new to knife sharpening. I've been using a JCK 400/1200 grit combo stone and a JCK 6000 grit stone for a couple of months. I've caught the bug so am already thinking about upgrading these stones.
I see that the Bester 1200 and Suehiro Rika 5000 are well regarded. Does anyone have experience of using these stones AND the JCK stones? If so, how do the JCK stones compare? Would the Bester and Rika be a definite upgrade?
Eventually, I'd really like to get the Gesshin 2K and 8K but they're almost 3 times the price of the Bester and Rika. So at the moment, I'm thinking the Bester and Rika would be good stepping stones (!).
Thanks in advance!