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Patrick Chase
You can flatten a Shapton Glass stone just fine on loose SiC or a metal-bonded diamond plate (I use Atomas for the most part) but in general I agree: They're obscenely expensive for what you get, particularly when you consider that they're softer and wear faster than the Pros. The only one I have is the 10 mm 500#, and I consider that to have been a mistake.

The fact that they're softer than most of the Pros (there are softer, HSS-oriented stones like the #1500 in that line) means they do better with higher-alloy steels. I realize that's not your thing, but it's a consideration for some of us, though even then there are more cost-effective options.

I'm wondering if different distribution might bring them back down to Earth though.

My snarky comment about Shapton feel was more about subjective "feedback" (being able to feel what's going on) than about difficulty. They all work just fine, though you have to be careful to keep the #5000 sufficiently lubricated.

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