I was just looking at the Congress tools site at moldmaster stones. The normal EP stones are 1/8" thick and set the edge angle on the blade at the angle setting marked on the sharpener. When you thicken the stones the angle gets lower because the bar holding the stone is raised. SO, if I buy 1/4" or even 1/2" thick stones that will lower the angle lower than the EP is set to. The EP Apex will go down to about 10° per side. With thicker stones I'm wondering how low the angle will actually be on the blade. I have a 1/4" medium ceramic stone like the 5" med. Spyderco stone which is 1/8" thick. It works by using the collar to set the angle when switching between it and 1/8" stones, or worn thinner stones. This sounds like a good way to get the stupid low angles some people strive for. We can already get lower angles by raising the spine on the blade when it is sitting on the EP. If we raise the spine and use thicker stones pretty soon we'll be sharpening the spine.
Four 1/2" thick stones, grits 240-600 grit will cost 25.15 before shipping. Their shipping can be high because stones can make a heavy package. Still, not a bad price for a set of 4 stones that will get lower angles not to mention last no telling how long. Thinking about it though 1/2" thick is real thick. Maybe better off with the 1/4" stones. I'm going to mess with different thicknesses on my EP to see if I can figure out if 1/2" is way too thick or if it's possible before I order. I don't need stones now but when I order some I'm going to consider this. I think they should work. We'll see. I may get some before I "need" them.
What do you guys think? Am I right or is there something wrong with my thinking?
PS edit: More thinking and I realize I don't really want or need lower angles than I'm getting now. The thicker stones would last longer though.