Posted By: DeanAfter three months of on and off practice with Shapton glass 500, 1k & 6k, Kohetsu 2k, Spyderco M & F, I Couldnít achieve the hair splitting result I was after. Well today I received the Yahiko/Sigma Power Select II 3k Stone and decided to attempt a tune-up on my Mac superior 7Ē utility and 5Ē paring knives since they get more use than the MTH-80 chef knife. Well, I donít know if the hours of studying YouTubeís on sharpening techniques, or if it was once or twice weekly sharpening practice sessions on old kitchen knives, or I finally developed the muscle memory on sharpening angle, or maybe the 3k Yahiko/Sigma Stone communicated to me on a whole new level, because those two Mac knives achieved that state of sharpness that Vincent (a Japanese descent YouTuber from New York) master knife sharpener would be proud of. Was it the 3k Yahiko Stone, itís not as hard as the Shapton glass, but not as soft as the 2k Kohetsu, and certainly nowhere near the hardness of the Spyderco ceramic stones, I donít have any experience with Naniwa stones, so I canít compare to Naniwa. Nonetheless this 3k Yahiko feels just right, and cuts very fast for a 3k, the slurry is quickly developed, and an added bonus itís nearly splash and go, just a short wet-down under the faucet and youíre good to go. Iíll sum it up by saying that this Yahiko 3k Stone was a huge confidence builder for me, and If you need a quality Stone before you transition to a polishing Stone, give this one a try.
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