Not sure why I'm having such bad luck w/ stones cracking...........first the synthetic aoto, now this. Perhaps this stone hasn't been babied as much, it gets left at work. It's stored on a half sheet tray lined w/ a towel, along w/ my dmt xxc and leather strop. I use it about twice a week at work for a 5-10 min touchup. It gets flattened after each use, dried w/ a towel, then left on the sheet tray w/ towel underneath to dry. Any suggestions in the 6000 range? I've used a Chosera 5000 and a Suehiro 5000 before, def prefer the former over the latter. The other option is the Geeshin 6000 splash & go. I would prefer a splash & go, I would still soak it for 5 mins before use as I found all splash and go's don't perform that well w/o a short soak, no matter what the manufacturer says. Knives I use it with, stainless, semi-stainless, sk-4, white 2, blue 2. Thanks for your help.