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#1 posted 12-24-2012 11:34 AM

If you are willing to pay a little more, I would take a look at the Bester/Imanishi stones that LV carries, they cut considerably faster than the King – you would notice a considerable difference with the 8000 range stone but they wear slowly enough you probably won’t buy another. I would recommend that you have that last stone, either way. But you cannot skip the 4000 stage, and the 200 stage is probably too coarse to be effective for the 1000.

The combination stone is a good start, you will probably want to replace it eventually with two, at which point you will have learned enough to judge for yourself.

I’d also agree with holding off on the replacement blade, first to see what you have got, and second so that you can not worry about learning by doing.

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