07-03-2014, 12:29 PM
And it all comes down to personal preference. Some people seem to like using higher grit edges at work. It might depend on the style of cooking you're doing. For me, personally, take the JNS 6000. It's a great stone, relatively fast, wonderful feedback, and leaves a really, really nice finish (if you're concerned about that). But I still prefer the edge I get off a Rika 5k over it - and for some of my knives, even that is too refined. But everyone has different tastes and requirements.
07-03-2014, 08:11 PM
i take petty & suji and all stainless knives only to 2k (ikarashi), and for cheap knives only 600 grit
07-04-2014, 05:30 PM
May i add some thought as well: a very quick and time saving stone is a Chu Nagura. There are not so many discussions reg this stone, though it's impressive! Having many great stones/ knives( and having tried out all the most common named (and not only )stones, inkl Arkansas, most EU- stones etc) -using them all the time i must say- i do really like Chu. It's very quick, IMO can be used instead of Aoto, you buy it normally as a brick, so it lasts a life. Very cost effective stone. And if i should leave 1 mid range, 1 higher grit stone- i would leave a Chu and an Ohira Suita. Both are quick and very good. Important notice- on every Jnat- you change the grit by changing pressure- this gives you such a range!!! But you know it. The cost-saving step would be to get a good Asano Nagura Set- using even your Aoto as a " board" you could get great result. Quickly. Though 1 good Suita would be great. Reg synthetics: I have 3 great 8.000 grit synthetics - they are really good, but... I don't use them. I hate the feeling .. If you should be quick- i could again advise a Shapton Glass Stone.. Is quick, but still not to compare..
07-04-2014, 05:33 PM
And again- different steels require different stones. Harder steels get sharper on harder stones. Below 60 HRC you get good results on med stones and 3-3,5 Lv stones diff grit.
So IMO it's impossible to give general advises . Stainless and carbons need different stones.. Of course , if we need better results. For just good results we can use just good synthetics or coarse/ medium Jnats. But then forget "falling through the food feeling of the blade"..