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Thread: Recommend a $50 stone to bridge Bester 1200 and Arashiyama 6000

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    Recommend a $50 stone to bridge Bester 1200 and Arashiyama 6000

    Currently I have a Bester 1200 and Arashiyama 6000, which I follow with a leather strop loaded with 1 micron boron carbide paste. The jump between stones isn't terrible, but sometimes I wish for a "bridge" stone or just something a little finer than the Bester as a stopping point. I hear great things about the Gesshin 2000, but that's almost double what I'd like to spend.

    Perhaps the Suehiro Rika 5000? I read that people think it cuts like a 3000.

    I was going to get the Naniwa Aotoshi "green brick", but then I found this thread:
    and that made me reconsider.

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    I used to have bester 1.2k, naniwa super stone 3k, and arashiyama 6k. Naniwa is quite fine acting in the middle there.

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    Naniwa SS 3k has some interesting qualities it seems.
    See posts #6 and #7. Doesn't sound appealing to me.

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    Yes, that JKS 3k might do nicely. Anybody have experience with the Imanishi 4k? Or thoughts on the Rika 5k as a bridge?

    Honestly I'm tempted to get the Gesshin 2k despite the price, everybody seems to love them.

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    Senior Member ThEoRy's Avatar
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    I just go right from Bester 1200 to the Rika 5k.
    Starting this harvest I'm a starving startling artist/
    Lyrical arsonist it's arduous spitting this smartest arsenic/

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    Same as theory. Works perfectly ive tried different combos and I just go back to this every time

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    I'm also in the two stone camp. Ninety percent of the time, I use a 500-1k to establish my edge and then a 4-6k to finish. I find this gives he best balance of cutting performance and edge retention.

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    Sounds like the Rika 5k is the way to go.
    I like the simplicity of the 2-stone setup I have now, but options, you know?

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    What sort of steels do you normally sharpen?

    I was thinking about picking up the same combo you have (Bester 1200/Arashiyama) this coming month.

    Do you think the arashiyama is too large of jump from 1.2k --> 6k when sharpening carbon steel blades?

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