just get either the 3k or 4k and see if you like it. that way you haven't bought 3 stones you might not like.Can’t do it.... can’t... do... it...
Can’t order a 5mm coarse stone. Even if SG220 is 2$ less than SP220 where I’m looking.
It would basically take a few persons saying: I’ve tested them side by side with all sorts of repair and thinning madman job and they ended up lasting about as long.
Here is a link to someone getting some (really nice in my opinion) haze/kasumi with the Shapton Glass stones: http://instagr.am/p/B_PpCckDTml/they generally try to pull everything towards mirror in my experience.
i guess you could pull off some haze if you tried though.
Don’t think anybody would have much to argue about a SG kit on the go - or even stationary for that matter. The smaller Cerax are quite inexpensive and quite light, but also quite the messy dishy kit so on the go wouldn’t be my first choice. Possibly some SPs could mix in though. In all cases - it’s what you can do that matters, stone is but a tool.I am coming back round to Shapton glass my two favourite stones as far as synthetics are concerned are these & Nubatamas but since I sharpen in restaurant kitchens cutting down on weight is important & I can buy Shapton Glass without paying shipping plus been thin they are relatively lightweight I find Naniwa that I can get wear quickly so in terms of weight & price Shapton Glass are good plus they are faster than Naniwa comparable with the platinum Naniwas. I am open to trying other stones but UK is not the best place to be for buying stones & since I sharpen professionally speed -price- longevity & weight are things I consider I am open to suggestions if anyone has any to add but so far the contest is between Shapton Glass & Nubatama Platinum I also use about 6 or 7 different natural stones plus one Belgium Blue that I use on French or European Carbon steel the Japanese Natural stones are for Japanese Carbon steel.
Absolutely so many think the stone makes the sharpener whilst the skills of the sharpener brings out the virtues of the stone as you said some SPs probably would be worth considering when flattening wide bevels; as a sharpener I continue to evolve & will treasure evolution so I do not like to become set in any pattern since things change which is often why I do not like to teach people since all blades & stones teach. I often think as well meaning people are about sharing their techniques it can shut spontaneous learning & as for stones I am not in a position to test all makes of stones but to date Shapton & Nubatameas work for me as far as synthetics are concerned.Don’t think anybody would have much to argue about a SG kit on the go - or even stationary for that matter. The smaller Cerax are quite inexpensive and quite light, but also quite the messy dishy kit so on the go wouldn’t be my first choice. Possibly some SPs could mix in though. In all cases - it’s what you can do that matters, stone is but a tool.
As I said, I did these knives for tests. I didn’t focus on preserving flatness. I made a point of flattening it each step. I was mostly looking at wear as I did a lot of other things. None of the three knives really needed work you see. SG500 could still be 10mm thick... but then again I wouldn’t have used it much. These knives are just my go-to for testing stuff when I’m out of a project.i think the DT is one of few stones that provide more abrasion power than wear-ratio somehow. almost all other stones that remove metal fast also wear very fast. and some wear too fast for the material they remove. but this one is the other way around. sure its not super fast but a lot faster than most 1k stones.
also no need to flatten it all the time. just use the unworn parts until its flat-ish again,