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Beston 500x WaterStone
The Beston 500x is one of only a few coarse grit waterstones that I would recommend. It's very fast cutting yet very slow wearing which are the essential elements that make up a good coarse stone. The Beston 500x leaves a fine finish for this grit range and is an excellent stone for fixing edge chips/nicks as well as more serious grinding tasks. This stone cuts like a 220x but leaves a 500x finish. For knives that skid on diamond plates this stone will grab and go to work. I use this stone to remove edge nicks/chips & to set new bevels primarily on double bevel knives. I find it to provide great feedback and ease in "feeling the bevel" which helps in holding the knife steady and staying level in use. I keep two soaking in my bucket at all times and have always kept back-ups on hand "just in case of emergency". This stone is a must have in my opinion.
 
Requires at least 30 min. soak time in water before use, however, it will work a lot better if left soaking for many hours prior to use. Also, this stone is best used after being lapped a couple of times to remove the harder outer layer of the stone. Some downward pressure (while sharpening) is advised to help bring the water to the surface for proper lubrication. For heavy metal removal do not flush the stone's surface clean during use, allow for a slurry to build to aid in cutting performance.
 
Size -  8-1/8" x 2-3/4" x 1"
 


Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 8 Write a review.


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Before you hate this stone, try this: July 2, 2013
Reviewer: Brandon from AZ United States  
1) This stone has a very hard/thick crust on it that needs to be lapped off.  If you can't generate a good mud quickly with a lapping plate you aren't there yet.  You will hate this stone if you don't do this.

2) In my opinion, the minimum soak time for this stone is 2 days, and 3 is better.  As part of a multi-evening sharpening session I found that the performance significantly improved after 2 days of soaking and plateaued at 3 days.

3) Build up some mud.  I'm too impatient to let mud build up as I sharpen, so I give it a kickstart with my Atoma 140 diamond plate.

4) If you've done all of the above and still hate this stone, try more pressure.

Keep in mind that any quick metal removal will be unforgiving of mistakes and this stone is no exception.  Keep checking what is happening to the edge and you will be done with this stone before you have time to hate it.  (Unless you slip; then you'll be cursing for the next half hour while you try to fix your mistake.)

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Great stone for the value September 14, 2012
Reviewer: Stefan Stoianov from Blacksburg, VA United States  
I have used the stone for a long time and ultimately liked it , but it also has it's drawback. For me the stone us way too thirsty. The soak time to get it going is not a big problem but the water goes trough it way too fast for my taste. I have tried other stones in the same grit range and they performed similarly as far as speed of metal removal and consistency of scratch pattern, but did hold water much better.

To sum it up, the stone is a great coarse stone to use for knife sharpening, and will be very useful for a newbie and an experienced sharpener.

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Good stone September 13, 2012
Reviewer: James L. from Fresh Meadows, NY  
Pros: Fast, cuts clean bevels, cheap, great for repairs
Cons: Feedback, and overall feel of the stone

I've used this stone quite extensively and I can say that it's great at what it does: cut clean bevels. I've used it on both carbon (blue#1), variety of stainless (zdp189, vg10, g3, 19c27), and semistainless (TKC steel) and it performs very well on all of the steels.  

Unfortunately, the stone doesn't give much feedback and using it at first was a bit off putting. Sharpening this with this stone is what I imagine sharpening on a cinderblock with a bit of mud on top to feel like. Not exactly pleasant, but not a deal breaker.

If you need a stone for quick repairs and crisp bevels, this is your stone.

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Great low grit stone! September 12, 2012
Reviewer: Rick Theory from S. Plainfield, NJ United States  
The Beston 500 is a great low grit stone for two important reasons.  It cuts fast and dishes extremely slow.  Probably the slowest dishing synthetic stone I have ever used.  This is imperative when cutting in new bevels or for wide bevel flattening (deba, yanagiba etc) where a lot of steel is removed.

The feedback could be better but I think it varies depending upon steel type and how much mud you work up.  For best results I permanently soak this stone and work up a good slurry on the surface with the atoma 140 plate.  

Bang for the buck though this stone beats out other higher priced low grit stones in many areas.  It's a part of many sharpeners kit for good reason.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Thirst, thirsty, thirsty... but does the job September 12, 2012
Reviewer: Len from Richmond Hill, ON Canada  
This is a thirsty stone. I don't store my stones in water, so each time I want to use the Beston 500 I've got to let it soak a good half hour. Definitely not a good thing for those times when I just feel a serious desire to sharpen.

On the other hand, if you have nice edges to begin with you won't have to use a coarse stone like this very often. When you've got a seriously dull knife or when you want to thin or cut new bevels in, this stone does the trick.

It's got a really grainy feel which I'm not very fond of, but it resists dishing quite well and gives good tactile feedback.

One of two coarse stones that I use, and this is the one that gets the majority of use when I need to go down to a coarse stone to fix something or to cut in new bevels.

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