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Naniwa Super-Stone Japanese Whetstone Sharpening Stone, 1000/5000 grit

Naniwa Super-Stone Japanese Whetstone Sharpening Stone, 1000/5000 grit
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Naniwa "Super Stone" Japanese Whetstone Sharpening Stone, double-sided: 1000/5000 grit, 21cmx7cm surface (8.25"x2.75"), 2cm total thickness.

I had this stone custom made for me by the manufacturer in Japan. If you want a complete all-in-one sharpening stone solution without sacrificing quality and without breaking the bank, this is for you! You get two super high quality stones, 1cm thickness each, permanently bonded together (for strength and convenience). The 1000 is great for starting a new edge, or even for finishing/maintaining knife where you want a rougher edge (for more "micro serrations"), and the 5000 is there to finish off and polish an edge (great for Japanese knives for example) and for regular everyday maintenance of your knives (it's about the same fine grit as the fine ceramic hones I sell). I selected these grits after consulting with sharpening professionals and Japanese restaurant chefs to make sure you get the absolute best grits and stones for your knife collection. Once you're comfortable with sharpening technique, I'd recommend also adding a 400 grit stone -- they're inexpensive and you'll find it much quicker and easier to cut in a new edge... removing metal with the 400 grit stones is quite a bit quicker than with the 1000 grit! And if you want to finish off with a very polished edge, you can add a 10,000 or 12,000 grit stone for that final stropping.

The ceramic compounds used to manufacture these is also of very high quality, and so they strike a great balance between ability to cut a nice edge without too much work and still being very long-lasting and strong. These are truly excellent sharpening stones, suitable for any serious hobbyist, pro, chef, wood-worker or outdoorsman. Note the nice large size too -- most other cheaper stones you'll see around shops or mail order in North America are smaller and so are more difficult to work with (and will wear out more quickly), especially with kitchen knives where it's nice to have the extra surface area when sharpening a santoku or chef's knife. Made in Japan.

These stones are made by the Resin Bond method, which yields a higher quality stone than the old baked method used with cheaper stones, and it offers 90% of the performance of the MUCH more expensive and fragile Magnesia method stones. Also, a great benefit of this method is that the stones do NOT require soaking in water prior to use (in fact they should NOT be soaked). A quick spray or splash of water is all that is needed and you're ready to go.

Click here for a multi-lingual brochure (scroll down for English) by Naniwa explaining the use of a Japanese whetstone.

Chef K.C. Ma (a professional chef who has worked in some of the top restaurants in North America) had this to say about the Naniwa, and the 5000 stone in particular:
"This is my favorite polishing stone :) it does amazing things, and I was willing to go through all kind of trouble and pay all kind of premium to get one without base. I think it's great that you carry it, and I think your customers [...] will really appreciate this. As for maximizing the Naniwa Super Stones at 3k+ for final sharpening/polishing, my trick is to soak the stone a bit, it works without soaking, but i think all polishing stones benefit and sharpen better when slightly soaked. I rinse mine wet, and then cover it with wet paper towel until I'm ready. The Super Stone, like natural stones and some other finishing stones has a range, not just a fixed grit. While the abrasive is uniform, its behavior changes. After soaking, I will flatten the surface with a small diamond plate (8k), then i sharpen on the mud from the stone. As I sharpen, the stone dries up a bit, the intuition is to splash more water and rinse off the mud; don't. Keep working the mud until it's almost 'pastey', at this point the stone will take on a property finer than the grit rating given to it. 5k stone easily polishes to 6-7k range, and 10k stone poishes to 12k+ range. Sharpen until it's almost dry, then add just enough water, a splash or 2 to get it moving again. These stones are especially appreciated on katsumi style [damascus] knives. Without using the mud to push its ability, most stones will give you even polish, blurring the 2 different steels. But Naniwa is a very easy stone to use in that regard: its mud is easy to work with, and when used carefully, it creates the most distinctive layer of 2 steels on katsumi [damascus] knives of all synthetic polishing stones and gives my knives the best edge."

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