After the great success of the three 1k grit stones written by Carlos, we decided to combine our thoughts and stones into another stone comparison. This time, we will review some coarse synthetic stones, as many people are (still) searching for the ultimate low grit stone (fast cutting, good feedback and dish resistant). Of coarse (see what we did there…) this such a stone is a myth, but we hope that this guide will help people to make an informed decision.
The criteria used to compare the stones are some of the characteristics that define a good or bad whetstone. Keep in mind that much of this is subjective and that no rigorous scientific experiments have be done to compare these stones . We will try to give each stones a 1-10 mark with 10 being the best and 1 the worst, but again, this is very subjective and dependent on every person’s reference point. Also, these ratings are only compared to the other stones tested in a specific group, and cannot be used to compare these stones with stones that have a different purpose (e.g. polishing stones).Continue reading “Coarse synthetic whetstones: a comparison”