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mrmoves92

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Hello!

I have decided to order a Suehiro Debado MD-20 200 grit stone from MTC Kitchen to replace my current coarse stone once I use it up. I am trying to get free shipping, so I am looking for another stone.

Here is a list of my current stones:
Nano Hone 200
Naniwa Pro 400
Shapton Glass 500
Cerax, Shapton Kuromaku, Naniwa Pro 1k
Shapton Glass 2k
JNS synth red Aoto
Suehiro Rika 5k
Morihei 9k

I am choosing between a few stones, but they all seem somewhat redundant (not that this has really stopped me before). I am thinking of getting a Shapton (Kuromaku or Glass) 320 or an Arashiyama 6k. The 320 stone would be to bridge the gap between the NH200/MD-20 and the SG500 while thinning/polishing, but I don’t have any issue going directly from the NH200 to the SG500, so a 320 doesn’t seem necessary. I could also use a 320 to start sharpening thicker knives in okay/bad condition, when 200 grit would be too much, and 500 would be too slow. The Arashiyama 6k would be to bridge the gap between the JNS red Aoto and the Morihei 9k while polishing. For me, the Rika 5k is only good for sharpening. I really dislike it for polishing because it leaves a lot of bright scratches, so I just skip it. It has been suggested to me that I should get a stone between the JNS red Aoto and the Morihei 9k, and that might be nice, but I can get good/decent results without an intermediate stone.

Do you have any thoughts about which stone would be the most useful? What do you like or dislike about the SK320, SG320, and the Arashiyama 6k? Are there any other stones at MTC Kitchen that you would recommend or that would fill gaps/add to my collection?

Thanks for your help!
 
SG500 Xthick is a baseline stone for me and I can't imagine not having one in the kit. (Currently have two, xthick for home and reg for travel)

SG4000 is nice finishing stone , not only my knives but esp for friends Shun and Shun lite.
 
I’m also debating picking up the debado 200…if I order I was going to also grab the king hyper 1k.
The cerax 320 is cheap and does a great job of clearing up the scratch pattern from 200ish grit stones
 
I’m also debating picking up the debado 200…if I order I was going to also grab the king hyper 1k.
The cerax 320 is cheap and does a great job of clearing up the scratch pattern from 200ish grit stones

Don't all 320/400/500/600 kinda stones clean up 220 scratches easily?
 
Don't all 320/400/500/600 kinda stones clean up 220 scratches easily?
Perhaps. It’s a lot easier to me to remove deep 200-240 grit scratches with a 320grit like cerax instead of going straight to a 400 grit or higher stone. I’m not a polisher by any means but I do want the finish to be smooth and even again after I thin.

Is cerax equal to other 320 grits? Depends on the stone. But cerax doesn’t load up, hold water well, works up mud well and is relatively cheap so I stick with it.
 
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