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    J-Nat finishing stone

    I have ordered a couple of synthetic stone from CKTG, but would like to try a natural stone for finishing. I was wondering if anyone had any advice, and what also would be the best place to order them from, as I am in Canada. I have heard it is cheaper to ship from Japan, but I have no idea where to start looking or how to tell if I am ordering the right stone. I'm making more purchases lately because I am trying to invest my time/money in my Career (Off season, low cost of living as well.) Sorry if this has or should have been posted elsewhere.
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    Talk to Maxim from Japanese Natural Stones. He has a vendor forum here. Also you can talk to Jon of Japanese Knife Imports, also a vendor here.

    Since you are new, you might want to try a softer jnat first like lv2-lv2.5 for Maxim's rating or Takashima that Jon carries.

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    Jon at Japanese Knife Imports is who I will talk to for my stones. Really nice and knows his stuff. Also, I would buy the holder he sells that Dave designed.

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    Thanks guys, I would like to minimize shipping cost/time. Are any of there guys in Canada as to avoid international shipping?
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    Search Japanese waterstones Canada in google it will pull up a chowhound thread about it. Hope it helps.

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    Almost everything I come up with is synthetic.
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    Talk to Maxim. Anything i see online that are sold as JNat's are just stones, so you won't know the difference. Maxim will try them for you and tell you what you really can use.

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    Yup. Maxim's gotta be the expert on j-nats. I happen to have only one. The Awasedo from Jon. I have to say, I like it quite a bit, esp the smell. It's currently on loan I've been trying to be patient but I can't deny I've been missing it.

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    I sent him a PM but I'd like to find a retailer in Canada. It is used differently in a certain regard no? Sharpening pressure and time to final polish with naturals as opposed to grit? I would assume I would know the difference to a degree, and certainly during use. I've been looking at the Ohira Tomae on CKTG but am uncertain if it is what I'm looking for and if there is a Canadian retailer of the same kind or quality.
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    Individual natural stones can be very unique and nice stones are pretty expensive. At that price, I would only go with someone that had a lot of experience and an impeccable reputation such as Maxim or buy a stone I could try first, such as the Awasedo, in my case. I've seen or heard of numerous experiences where a lot of money was spent on stones that didn't do what the buyer was hoping for or expecting.

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