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    Gesshin 4k more expensive than 6k?

    Is there a reason that the Gesshin 4k is more expensive than the 6k by nearly double the price?
    The gesshin 4k is it made differently and has enhanced performance and is it worth the 135 price tag?

    What are a few brands of perma soak 4k stones for under 70 dollars that have good performance?

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    various things contribute to the cost of stones... in the case of these two, they are not made by the same company for us. The 4k stone is a lot harder to make, and uses more expensive materials.

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    If you are looking for a 4-5k stone with decent performance for the price, get a Suehiro Rika 5k. If you are looking for a fantastic 4-5k stone with excellent performance, get a Gesshin 4k. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for.
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    If the Gesshin 4k is comparable in performance to the 2k (what based on feedback I have seen it is), than it is worth every penny a and a few more on top. I would have bought one if I did not think that it would be too close to the 2k.

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    I have and like the G4K as well as a G2K. The 4K is a good precursor to an Aoto or a JNat finisher. I use it a lot for a quick touch up on knives I don't want to get into a sharpening session with. But for me it's a "nice to have" and not a "got to have" stone, though worth every penny. A more frugal approach may be the G1x6K combo or a G2K.
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    love my gesshin 4k, seen a lot of use and has not worn considerably. i rock the gesshin 400, 2k, 4k, kitayama (prob get a gesshin 8k eventually. wouldn't go without the 4k bc the 2k is not fine enough for me and the kitayama really won't work well after a 2k or leave a nice enough edge on it's own. worth every penny

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    If you want a polishing stone at a less expensive price the Suehiro Rika 5K is a good choice. I had a couple of them with the older wood bases. Served me well at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDispossessed View Post
    love my gesshin 4k, seen a lot of use and has not worn considerably. i rock the gesshin 400, 2k, 4k, kitayama (prob get a gesshin 8k eventually. wouldn't go without the 4k bc the 2k is not fine enough for me and the kitayama really won't work well after a 2k or leave a nice enough edge on it's own. worth every penny
    I have the Gesshin 400, 2k, 6k setup and when I was buying these I was considering strongly the 4k (and 8k too) options, but at that time I did not plan to get a natural stone (have Hakka and Hideriyama since) and that gets me thinking about the 4k again. Maybe one day

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    i should also add, that after the gesshin 4k, the kitayama is (IMO) totally optional, and in many cases undesirable. It probably offers 80% cosmetic effect and 20% functional, but i'm no expert sharpener. Dave M talks a lot about it being a quirky stone (the kit)

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    There are other synthetic stones on the market that cost less. Private message me and I'll recommend some other cost effective brands.

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