Same. Using Kitayama a lot for knives, even if a bunch of 8-12k stones lay around.Maybe you want to describe your knives and ideal finish and/or what's missing now for you, some people say 5k is good enough to finish SS knives.
I recently re-found that Kitayama 8000 has better feeling than Kuromaku 8000 and 12k.
the finer the stones get the harder they get usually. i think all shaptons pros are of similar hardness though. the glass stones feel a bit softer but i think they are actually just as hard.Hmm. Well, all of my knives are carbon. I'm really just looking to work on my game and get even sharper. With the 5k, I can get them sharp enough to push cut paper, but not quite sharp enough to shave. Honestly, I don't really like the feel of the kuromaku 5k. It's very hard.