What you should have said is this: "Hey, Drinky, you have plenty of time to make up your mind and consider the pros and cons. Maybe you should sharpen a couple of knives today and see if you really need that stone. If it's a good fit, go for it, but don't be hasty. Also, you may want to consider your kids. Put that money in a 529 instead and watch it slowly grow in value and hope your kids go to college...."
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States...nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” -- Isaac Asimov
Ring, ring... hello "What's that Jon, you said you just sold a couple more stones. Okay, I'll tell Drinky he better hurry up before he misses out. Bye".
Yeah, I think 529s are sort of a scam. I paid for my own college too (through the military). I do have a 529, but the fees on many of them are terrible and they play on the parental fears of future college costs to the benefit of fund managers. If it weren't for my divorce decree, I'd probably ditch it. A famous economist said once about extrapolating future costs: "Something that cannot go on forever will not go on forever." A college semester won't cost a million dollars in 18 years.
Now I have to buy my stone.
I like the soakers a lot, but i use the splash and go when i am looking for specific results that they do better
oh... and we still have quite a few of the 4000 in stock
So what do you recommend as the next step after the 2K?
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." --Albert Einstein
i use either the 4 or 5k gesshin depending on what i am looking for... i often stop there for unless i am in need of something with a finer edge (for myself)... for customers, it always depends... i always talk to them about what kind of edge they are looking for and then do that
i just got my 4k and let me just say, wow...
its actually quite amazing. the only thing about this stone that would make me think it is actually a 4k is the finish it leaves on the bevel. it has that nice hazy finish but also has quite a nice sheen to it.
what doesn't feel like 4k is its reaction and feel when you are using it as well as the finished edge it provides. it works so fast for a 4k....seemingly faster than a bester 1200. on top of that it gave me an edge that felt much cleaner than a traditional 4kish feeling more like a rika or something similar.
the final edge is something that ive been looking forward to and it does not disappoint. after a few onions, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots and pretty much all the other produce i could pry from my wife got the business and it was beautiful. clean feeling through tomato skin and falling through a carrot just doesn't make sense to me as ive not had an edge be able to do that yet.
i like it and think the other two soakers (400 and 2k) will replace all but my arashiyama and kitayama (for my single bevels) as soon as jon gets them in.
the videos do not do it justice, if you live by jon go try one out...its a pleasure to use.
i would like to note that i have only had it one day and cannot wait to get used to this stone and have it get more use. it did wonders on the konosuke HD as well as AEB-L.
I can't wait to use mine. It just came in yesterday but it arrived right when I was oiling all of my boards, so I was afraid to touch it with all the oil and messy fingers around. I drew the water for a new bath later on though, so she is soaking and hopefully I will get to try her out today.