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    Shapton glass stones- best combo of grits?

    I'm relatively new to stones (I have a 1200 grit Suehiro that I've been using for a couple months) and would like a more comprehensive system to use. After doing some reserch, the Shapton glass stones look like a good bet, but what grit combo works (+ DMT x-course for flattening)? There's a good deal to be had for a 1000 + 4000 bundle or should I get a 4000 + 8000 since I have a 1200 grit already? Any help is very much appreciated.

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    Just get the 1K and 4K bundle, that's all you need really. If you want to add another one, then get the 10K or 16K later. I have the 16K, it's outstanding.

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    8000 grit is likely your last stone for a mirror finish. I would probably get the 2nd combo since your 1200 suehiro is like very close to 1000 Shapton. It would also depend on your knives/what kind of finish do you want on them. Generally, 4000 would be enough to finish but many owners go for 6000/8000 and some even higher finish.

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    I really like the 1/4k stone set up.

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    I go up to 4k with gyutos and 6k with sujis....personal pref (anything higher, to me is really for cosmetics/ mirror; doesn't add to retention at all). I think your 1200 is fine, no need for a 1k.
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    Thanks for the help. I'll get the 4 k and the flattener to start as per your suggestions.

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    A word or caution, if you are new to stones, I'd assume then, you are new to sharpening. Glass stones, are hard, and provide little feed back. If the knife is held at the wrong angle, they could roll or take off an edge in a few swipes. When I switched from glass stones to softer stones, my sharpening improved dramatically.

    The glass stones are good stones. There are forum members who like the ease of a splash and go stone, and a harder stone fits their style. I don't think they are a good choice for new sharpeners.

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    The Shaptons are really best at things like chisels and plane blades where a jig can be employed, I think.
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    I have GS .5k, 1k, 2k, 4k and 8k, use them in the gizmo, but I have to admit that the 3k is redundant. Really great stones, but they suck on wide bevels like traditional blades. For the beginning, I suggest getting the King 1k/6k combo or as single stones, really great stones to learn on and later on you can use them for your single bevels (which will inevitably get in focus sooner or later)

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    Moohoohaha, your words of restraint come too late! I somehow ended up clicking the purchase button on the 1000/4000/8000 combo from CKTG.

    ....but thanks for trying to talk some sense into me (for the record I'm not new to using stones but not a Honemiester either )
    Mmmmmm...single bevels did you say?

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