Posted By: Brian Bell
- verified customerMy favorite stone from the bunch is the Bester 500 grit, which has been te most consistent, and has preformed the most smoothly. Both of the Bester stones can be left to soak for a while, and indeed the bester 1000 grit seems to preform a lot better after a long soak. The Suehiro Rika has been a less well-behaved stone. I first tried soaking this stone for a long time like the bester 1000 grit, but the result was a surface that was too soft, forming a thick sticky mud that makes sharpening difficult. I now treat this stone as essentially a splash and go, letting the surface absorb water as I go, and that seems to work a lot better. Overall, a good starter set, but with a bit of a learning curve compared to, say, Shapton.
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