Before i started freehand sharpening I never would have thought it, but now I know - higher grit stones are easy to find and easy to like (even though they tend to be expensive). Finding a good coarse grit stone - and by coarse grit I mean something below 300 - is really hard. I live in Europe and have, so far as I see it, the following options: Shapton pro 220 (hard), Sun Tiger 240 (soft, really soft), Imanishi Bester 220 (medium hard). I already have Naniwa pro 400 and JNS 300, but I am looking for something faster cutting. I also have an Atoma 140, but I really hate it (for anything else than flattening - for which I love it). What would be your recommendation? I am leaning towards the Bester, but I am open to suggestions. Buying from the US or Japan is not an option - that would be far to expensive. I am not necessarily a fan of hard stones, I like the Naniwa pros, but I also have a King 800 and I like that as well. Perhaps this is an impossible question since it all boils down to personal preference, but any and all input would be highly appreciated.