long time lurker, I wanted to say you guys rock: a great community!
To the question, I now have the following two combi stones:
- Tojiro-rebranded (dunno OEM) 240/1000
- Sun Tiger (maybe same as King?) 1000/6000
These have been my first stone purchase and I must say I can now get my knives decently sharp on them, at least for my practical needs (let's say arm air shaving kinda sharp). But they are ugly: blades all scratched up
I've never played with levels of kasumi finish, mirror polishing and so on but it all sounds fun. I'd be happy to practice with these techniques at some stage.
The first issue/question I have is that it seems to me that the 6000 takes ages to produce the faintest appearance of mud (I aint got a nagura, if that matters) and same, to a lesser degree, with the 1000.
And this happens both if I let the stone soak for an hour or if I try splash-and-go.
So usually I get my knife sharpened and deburred, ready to proceed before any good amount of mud is produced.
So, is it all my fault or the stones are known for not being mud-prone?
Second thing is that I'm kinda wondering if, for normal maintenance, I could rely on a single stone, which would be nice. This got into my mind after reading positive comments about the Naniwa Green brick Aoto (the synthetic one), as being sort of a one-stop-shop stone that supposedly "cuts like a 1000ish" and "finishes as 4000ish".
I'd appreciate any thoughts and comments you may have! Thanks in advance!