so i was just stone-browsing and as i looked a different brands, grits, sizes (all synthetic) i wondered which ones i could just permasoak. right now i only have a king 1k/6k and am looking to get both something rougher and something in between, and i really like the idea of just leaving them in the water forever.
right now i'm thinking about the bester 500 and the 2k blue aoto.
Dave's website says this about the aoto: "Requires 30 min. soak time in water before use, however, I believe that it's best to leave this stone soaking indefinitely in your water bucket as it's prone to cracking/splitting if dried too rapidly or even too often (cycles). The surface will become somewhat mushy from long soaking but this can either be used as an advantage for shaping to a hamaguriba bevel or it can be fixed/corrected by a quick lapping from a diamond plate"
hamaguriba is convexing, correct? i don't see myself trying that too soon...
what about the bester 500?
what other stones in theses ranges can permasoak, and which cannot? and i meant "cannot" in the sense that i'll ruin it.