I am not new on this forum, I have been a frequent reader for about 2 years now, but I have run into a stone buying problem, and I hope the more experieced members can give me some advice
The majority of stuff I sharpen are straight razors, but lately I have bought some nice japanese knives, and I need some coarser stones for some of my custom knife experiments too
My current setup for knives in fair condition and straights is: 400 Atoma, 1k Chosera, 5k Chosera, 8k Snow white, 10k SS, and a razor sized Nakayama. Because I am doing more and more heavy steel lifting on knives, I would like to buy something that feels better than the Atoma, so I can retire it to be a full time flattener, I have been told it last much longer this way.
After reading a lot of posts, and looking around on websites where I can order some stones to Europe, I have chosen two stones, but I can't really decide between them, the Chosera 400, and Shapton GS 500. I was considering the Bester 500 and 700 too, but I don't like long soakers, so they were ruled out. The Gesshin 400 looks like a good stone too, but 75$ and about 30$ shipping isn't funny, so thats ruled out too.
The Chosera would run me about 75-80$ with shipping, the Shapton about 55$. Which one would you recommend? I am leaning towards the Shapton, mainly because it is slapsh-and-go, and should be fast, but I haven't found too much info about it really.
The thickness isn't that big of an issue, because I won't use it up too soon, so I am mainly concerned with: speed, clogging, and feel.
Thank you very much in advance for your help!