I got this stone because my progression went from a 150 grit to 1000 grit stone,and I often felt like I needed something in between. I must say I really like this stone,it seems to work very fast but leaves a finish that cleans up easily,especially when I am comparing to a 150 grit stone. I had liked using my 1000 grit stone as my starting place for resharpening knives,this stone has taken over that job,as it does it faster. I really like this stone,the color gives you a good idea of how much metal you are removing and I find it feels very smooth to use. I recommend this stone to anyone,and would like to try more of them.