Posted By: The underrated 800...
- verified customerWay back when the Chocera stones were first released for the EP I decided to buy the whole set. At the time the 1k was out of stock, so I bought the 800 to hold me over til I could get the one I wanted. I only did a few knives though before the 1000 was back, and I bought two just to be safe. At that point I felt the 800 was probably redundant, so it's basically languished unused in my stone tray for over a year.
But recently I decided to dig it out and see what I think of it in light of a year's worth of experience with the rest of them. The results surprised me. The 800 is considerably faster than the 1k- I hadn't remember/noticed that before. It does a great job of removing the scratches from an XC DMT or 150 Ohmura. And it finishes well enough that you can easily jump to a 5k or Aoto without difficulty. And at the low end it's just enough coarser that in some cases I'm using it instead of dropping down to the 400 Chocera or 320 Shapton!
While I don't plan to quit using the 1k any time soon (it's still one of my single favorite stones) the 800 is really a terrific stone and will return to my rotation.
If you like the Choceras but have always felt the 800 was redundant, trying it may make you reconsider your opinion. If you haven't tried a Chocera for your EP, this one would be a good place to start. It will be an eye opener! At the special Try Me price this is a no-brainer. Just buy it!
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