I was lucky enough to particepate in Maxim's seminar today. He brought quite a lot of knifes and .... stones of course.
The whole thing was very laid back. We got a little theory, saw different techniques demonstrated and last but not least - we did some sharpening ourselves. Maxim was kind enough to let us try all the stones he brought with him - both "cheaper", intermediate and expensive ones. It was great to be able to try J-nats hands on - can't get any better can it
I myself got a few bucks poorer ... I got a petty and 2 stones. That being said, I got a lot richer - I got a great knife, rocks and last but not least - great company. I wouldn't have missed it for the world!
The subject J-nats has been on this forum many times. I have often read that they were to expensive, synthetic were as good and cheaper etc. After using these stone there's no doubt in my mind - synthetics can't compare to naturals (well the ones Maxim had in stock), period! On the seminar I sharpened my shig and 30 min ago I sharpened my Yoshi SKD gyuto and petty. Result = the sharpest edges I have ever produced!
We didn't really discuss angles. Maxim has his style, I got mine - so did others. Point is, that the knife will get sharp if you maintain your angle - being 18.7 degrees, 16 degrees etc. Really not rocket science as many claim it is! Keep steady angles and you're fine.
As mentioned earlier I tried all different kind of stones, actually Maxim told me to. His adwise was to go with what I felt was right for me. I found what I liked and I'm a happy camper.
Thanks for a great day Maxim, it has been a pleasure hanging out with you. I took home a good amount of new knowledge and will be a regular customer for many years to come. Your service, knifes and stones are
I also want to thank Nicklas for making this day possible, thanks N