Nah...not because it's a sponge, although that's true. I flatten on a big Naniwa slab usually, sometime use a drywall screen. Doesn't make a difference...still a pain in the ass. Like it's made out of Kryptonite.
I'm getting close to pushing the button on a gesshin.
Though I could not caution all I still might warn a few; Don't raise your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools. - Robert Hunter
Everyone should have a Gesshin 400x
Also, does anyone have any feedback on stone size? I notice some stones are 75mm across and some are only 55mm. a small difference but actually very usable difference in space. Anyone notice smaller size being a serious drawback?
Most stones for knives are 75mm. The 55mm is usually more for tools like chisels. You can sharpen on smaller stones but you don't get as much of the blade at once. It is nicer to use larger stones. Just makes the job easier.
All normal people love meat. If I went to a barbeque and there was no meat, I would say 'Yo Goober! Where's the meat?'.- Homer Simpson
For me I find that nothing besides a diamond plate cuts AS faster than a Beston 500x. Why? I don't know really and don't much care either. For this reason I prefer a Beston 500x for regular double beveled sharpening. For wide bevels I pick the Gesshin 400x regardless of steel as I like it on wide bevels since it's softer than the Beston 500x so it molds itself to the shape of the bevel which gives a smooth appearance, making me look like a rock star.
Great to know. My AS Hiro arrives next week. Now i'll have a Beston 500x and King 1200x (along with a King Ice Bear 6000x) to tame that beast. Any specific suggestions straight out of the box?
Eighteesix the Hiro is not the sharpest knife out of the box, but it is a real looker, I love my 210 mm gyuto only wish it was a 240 mm and for me could be a little thinner