I bought a Kitayama 8K water stone. Should I still buy a 12k stone?
I am coming from a slant with feathers. I have some heavy facial scruff. I just want a comfy shave. And preference? Eh, don't know yet.Several reviews put your stone in the 12k performance area. If true, how much more do you hope to gain and what is your preference after the stones?
When have they not been 8kish? Thats what ardennes says and I think that its been looked into.When did Cotis become 8k stones?
I wish I knew that when I using them after 10k and 12k synths.
I don't need oil to finish on them either, but that's a whole ''nother thread.
The Kit 8k is porous, and synthetic - do not use oil on it or you will probably kill it.
Yes and no. It is what Ardennes says. It hasn't been looked into. While people tend to throw "grit" ratings around for naturals a lot, the truth is there's no such thing. I might say that a particular thuri improves on a 12k SS edge, so it's probably around 13-15k region, but if you were to measure the particles, they may be the size you'd expect from a 6k stone. Since these stones don't work exactly like a synth (a binder that crumbles away to expose fresh particles and prevent clogging of the stone), a real scientific measure of "grit" isn't possible. If you want a "Grit" rating for coticules, I'd have to dig up the documents or someone who is way more into coti's than I am and has the number memorized can maybe quote it, but the garnets are insanely large (I believe some old 19th century text I read said they were up to 12 microns). So strictly speaking, they'd be well UNDER 8k grit, but there edges are in no way going to reflect the grit rating then.When have they not been 8kish? Thats what ardennes says and I think that its been looked into.