Posted By: ryanHard to beat the price for a starter kit that really performs. Though they dish fairly quickly, that is a fair tradeoff for their soft, forgiving feel. An intermediate stone, as mentioned by other reviewers, will allow for a more refined end product, but these two stones will give a nice, toothy edge that I find close to ideal for my gyutos. The 800 grit side is a great start for kasumi finish, with a nice contrast between the core steel and cladding, and has become my primary use for the king. This can be further refined with natural stones or by dropping back down to this stone, with light pressure, from the 6000 side or other higher-grit stones. Overall, for your first stone or a backup stone on the cheap, or playing with refinishing, I recommend it. Spares the life of my other stones when sharpening for friends and family.
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