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The hard stones (like Spiderco, Shapton on glass) always seemed ineffective to me.
I backed into a set of Shapton "Pro" stones and all of them generate a slurry.
Each achieves the next scratch pattern in about the same amount of time.
I keep them around for my Japanese blades, which are wider than my Arkies.
That broad base makes handling easier.
There's no escaping the mess with waterstones - the ones I can use successfully make a mess. The ones that leave little mess - I can't get good results.
I suspect the hard formulations are really for knives.
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