European Gesshin stone(s) passaround
Hi, this is a longer post, so let me divide it into manageable pieces:
We (Matus and I) would like to start a passaround with either only the Gesshin 4000 stone or a set of Gesshin 400, 2000, 4000 and 6000. We would like to keep this one Europe-only only as Jon is working on a large Gesshin stone passaround in the U.S. currently and shipping overseas wouldn’t make much sense anyway in this case. No limitation regarding the number of participants, the more, the better.
Only members with at least 50 posts on KKF. Let’s keep it up to 2 weeks per person (you need to include at least 4 days for drying), insured shipping up to 100 € in case only the 4000 stone will be decided on, or up to 300 € in case of all four stones will be the choice. Please keep in mind that all 4 stones nicely packed will weight close to 5kg, while the single stone will be just under 2kg packed. Please share your experience and opinions here once you have had the chance to use the stones.
How did this all began:
To describe briefly the story which let us to this idea: Matus made a big order from Jon several months ago, for him and two friends including myself to save something on shipping as we both live relatively close to Matus. I ordered, among few other things, the 4000 stone and left it Matus for several weeks for some testing (not surprisingly, his impressions were highly positive). Unfortunately, he sent the stone to me being accidentally not completely dry yet (although he let it dry for 4 days which is enough normally) and it arrived quite wet, the paper box basically falling apart. And I also noticed that there is a long thin crack along the side of the „top“ surface – nothing really bad, but anyway, quite significant. First, we had the idea to mount the stone on a base, but decided to ask Jon for his opinion first. Jon answered something like „Hmmm, that’s not good - that’s not supposed to happen to this stone!“ and offered to send a new stone immediately as a replacement, although he knew the story with the imperfect drying…but believed it would likely be an issue with the stone rather than with the way Matus shipped it…And he even offered that we can keep the first stone!
So I ended up with two 4k stones and a strong feeling that we should reciprocate Jon for his generosity somehow…and came up with the idea that we could organize a passaround with the extra stone that we have…All the more that Jon expressed within a previous communication with me and Matus the opinion that the 4000 is an underrated stone that gets less attention (probably due to somewhat higher price) than it would deserve…and that he would be happy if more people had the chance to test it to see how awesome is it…Solely his words „I really love it…“ already say a lot :-)…So I believe this is a great opportunity to let his wishes come true and also the reason why I would be really happy if the people involved could write something like a short review…
Matus kindly promised to mount the stone to a solid, plastic base to prevent eventual problems with the crack, but later on, he even offered to include his 400, 2000 and 6000 Gesshin stones into the passaround as well!
So the $1M question is:
Would you be in for just the 4000 stone passaround or for 400, 2000, 4000 and 6000 stones?
The pros and cons are obvious: more stones = more fun and even more eventual feedback for Jon, but it also means higher shipping costs…Matus found out that the shipping from Germany for an insured 5kg (it won’t probably weigh less) package within EU would be about 16 Euro, but, please, consider that it’s really just an example and the actual shipping costs from your country might be different and possibly higher! So check this out and and see whether the shipping cost is acceptable for you.
We really hope that there will be many of you interested, let’s wait for the results – if there will be a clear decision (let’s say 10 people would like to try the complete set and only 1 or 2 the 4k stone only, or vice versa) we will make only one passaround, but if there will be 2 significant groups of people (let’s say 5 and 5), we could even make two separate passarounds, the first one with the complete set and later on, if everything would be fine and the 4k stone would survive, the next one with this stone only! I assume that the passaround could start in about one month!
Once we collect your interest there will be a new thread (shorter, we promise) with the final rules, to collect the names for the (first) passaround.
im interested, but i also do have the 2k and 4k. 6k stones generally dont give edges that im lookin for in a kitchen knife, but i guess im in just to satisfy my HAD.
Very nice offer. I've thought about something similar stateside.
I am going to be completely honest and say that me and Jan have expected a little more interest
The Gesshin 4000 is a truly great stone and here is the chance for you to try one (or even a few others from my personal sharpening kit).
I know that most KKF memebers from not from EU, but if you are and have interrest, than do not hesitate
Hi, I would be interested to participate in the pass around... Of course the more stones the better...
I think what plays a big role is the relative obscurity of this part of the forum; I only 'saw' this sub-area a few days ago... I guess it would get a lot more air-time in the general forum.
Originally Posted by Matus
In regards to the pass-around. I'm not sure whether I should wet my appetite for expensive stuff I don't necessarily need and is rather expensive to import... I'm trying my hardest NOT to become a collector!
Great initiative, guys! I'd love to participate, but I'm currently too busy at my work.
Yeah, I am also concerned about the lack of exposure - other threads in this subforum also get very little attention.
Let''s see how the situation develops over the weekend. Should it prove necessary I would then try to have the thread moved or link it also elsewhere on KKF.
this is the first I'm seeing this post. I would love to get in on this passaround!
Shipping from Romania back may be expensive so I have to check if 5kg is significantly more than 1kg.
I have a 50% of DHL for my company, so maybe it's reasonable.
I'd like to participate if you'd trust me even though I haven't posted much here (I'm on the other forum and maybe you recognize me from there?). I'd be curious on the 4k but can do with the full package as well.