Earlier today, I pulled out my old Norton 4/8K water stone to do a touch up on both my Gold Monkey Triple 6 and my Gold Dollar 208. That's when I noticed that there is NOTHING left of the 4K side to even do a touch up with. Look closely in the photo below. Do you see the yellow dots on the white side in a grid like pattern? That my friends is the bottom of the 8K side of the stone. It's now bleeding through what is left of the 4K side. So for today's touch up, I used the 8K side ONLY to touch up both razors:
This is really NOT a surprise considering that the Norton water stones are softer than most of the other water stones that are available and since I'm honing Gold Dollar and Gold Monkey razors which require a little bit more honing time than the higher end razors such as Boker and Ralf Aust, it's kindly expected to wear down. But what was NOT expected is how fast this stone wore down. I've owned this stone for nearly 7 months which is about 5 months short of what I was told (1 year before buying another one). But no worries, I'm already looking at various natural stones that are out there. Plus I still have the 8K side which is pretty much all that is needed for touch ups.