Bester 1200x Water Stone. Measures 205 x 75 25mm. The Bester stones require soaking before use. The stone is slow wearing and leaves a nice finish for a medium grit stone. The Bester 1200 cuts fast and has nice feedback. Very similar to the Bester 1000 stone.
Outstanding value for such a good stone. Fast cutting and has great feedback.
By: Greg Pett
I must admit that my sharpening skill is not equal to this stone. I started off with a bestor 1200 and this suhiro rica 5000. Yes,I do get good edges with this as a polishing stone. In the process I have given this stone divits and have not flattened it yet. Yes I need to flatten it but I am on a budget. This is a softer stone and it takes practice to be able to sharpen on it without cutting gouges in the stone. Learn your blade angles on harder stones. Lately,I have been much better at holding an angle. But I am fully willing to admit it is not the stones fault. It is my fault.
So,through experience I can confidently say that learning on cheaper lesser grit stones how to hold your knife and stroke it during sharpening is invaluable. Tread gently on polishing stones as they are easier to gouge. Cheers!
By: Greg Pett
The bestor 1200 is a rock! It removes metal and is a very sturdy stone that does not wear away as much as the polishing stone that I have.
I am new to sharpening but the bestor 1200 seems like a winner as it is hard,double sided,and I can leave it in a soak without having to baby sit it before sharpening.
My only complaint is that I am new to sharpening and I think I remove too much metal with it. That is my fault while learning the technique. It is not the stones fault... it is mine.
I am of the opinion that I was recommended a very good stone for what it is. I just have to learn to use it better.
Sharpening is learning.
This is my first whetstone so I’m still learning,but these seem like a solid buy and the prices/service/shipping were top notch at chefknivestogo.com
If I lost my stone collection,this would be the first stone I would buy. It’s really easy to use,cuts extremely fast,and has a nice smooth feel. It doesn’t need much soaking but if you leave it in water for a long time,it doesn’t make the stone feel mushy. I can get my knives sharp enough using only this stone,although I prefer to use finishing stones. I can’t think of a single fault with this stone.
By: Chris Morina
Great stone for the price. Cuts fast and is nice and hard. One of the first stones I started with,very good by for someone looking for a first stone. Leave a good edge that doesn’t need much refinement.
My go-to intermediate stone. Good width even for long chef’s knives. An excellent cutter with decent feedback; it leaves a good "working edge" which can be further refined on higher grit stones. An excellent value!
By: Bill B
First waterstone I have ever used so take my review for what it is,a rank novices opinion. However,coming from oilstones to this is a revelation. I also have a few diamond plates,both eze lap plates of 600 and 1200. I will say that the bester 1200 is a completely different animal than the eze 1200. The finish is much better. I do understand about feedback and I think this stone has great feedback. A really nice feel in use and easy to tell when you are off angle. The sound and the feel change instantly. I am very happyso far to have made the switch and with my choice of stones. By the way,I use my stones for woodworking tools. Plane blades and chisels and the like,carbon steel and the cutting action is fine on this steel.