JD Spydo wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:33 am
Over at Bladeforums lately I've been having a lot of the really knowledgeable, long time members over there tell me that they are starting to like the newer generation of Japanese Waterstones better than many of these other new stones. Although I've personally heard nothing but good regarding any of Shapton's stones. I've not yet owned or used one but I've not yet heard anyone complain about any of Shapton's stones>> which I take that as a good indication that they are high quality tools.
However personally I'm starting to lean towards CBN, diamond and other stuff in that hardness range. I've also been hearing good things about Silicon Carbide. Now I will say that I've not yet had any blade steel I couldn't put a good finish on with any of my Spyderco ceramic stones. I believe I will always use them in spite of anything new that come along. But I always like to experiment with newer stuff too.
Yeah man, a new age of japanese water stone is coming using diamond and cbn ALL the way through with advanced, very hard Vitrified or resin or Metallic bonding.
The performance smokes all the regular stones but the cost is so high major US production companies haven't dared to touch it yet for bench stones
Originally I'd hoped spyderco was going to jump in the fray and also produce a CBN stone with a ceramic "Vitrified" bond however Sal voiced that the Ceramic is fired at 3000°f which would melt the Diamond/CBN.
However I'm not sure if he is aware that frit blends can be added to lower the firing tempeture of the stones to keep the abrasive grains safe. That's not a theory either. I'm holding a Vitrified Ceramic bonded CBN stone in my hand right now.
Of course it's just a cost issue for now even if spyderco made one it would be priced out of their market.
So it appears these stones will just be for the most performance obsessed for now.