First time poster here, thought id give it a go:)
I am looking to buy new waterstones with a budget of around 200 bucks. For the last two years ive only had the diamond stone sharpening set from axminster rider, with grits #400 and #1000. I have read that diamond stones remain flat, but dull over time. So initially i am thinking to move up to two additional waterstones with 3000/5000+6000/8000, and later replace the diamond stones with waterstones when i can budget for that. Is this a good plan?
My local retailer sells naniwa stones, but i am unsure whether to go for the professional (earlier called chosera) or specialty (earlier called superstones). In gochnours tool test from issue 224 it seems that the main difference between them is honing speed, but they both perform well after honing. What do you think about good vs best?
I am using a LN a2 hand plane blade, and rider chisels similar to narex (o1 with manganese?), but might upgrades chisels in the future. Im a cabinetmakers apprentice, so i use my tools almost daily, at the very least once a week.
Thank you in advance,