By: Alex HabenEureka,CA
Wonderful stones,good feedback,extremely fast cutting and durable. Can’t ask for much more than that. 0.3
I break this set into #400 stone and the rest three stones (#1k,#3k,and #5k). I use #400 stone on my japanese single bevel knives for aggressive sharpening or in progression after very coarse stones,like #150-#220. #400 is a hard stone,and it is very dish resistant. But,pay attention,beacuse it is very hard and can demage your edge if you hit the stone at its corners.0.3
I use the rest of the set for regular sharpening progression of double bevel japanese knives,like Glestain,UX10,etc. This set should do for your stainless steel knives. #5k gives a toothie edge,but that is what you need for stainless steel knives,even for carbon steel knives,it is sufficient IMO. If you want to go further,I would recommend adding #6k Yellow Penguin,#8k Snow White,or #10k Chosera,which all seem to have similar attributes,only different grits. On #8k and #10k,swipe it for five times per side to prevent over-smoothing your edge.
As an alternate to this set,especially for carbon steel double bevel japanese knives,you can use Shapton Pro 1.5k,2k,and 5k. I cannot comment on Shapton Pro 8k stone,because I have never tried it.