Set of three Shapton Kuromaku / Professional Japanese Sharpening (Water) Stones: Coarse 320 grit; Medium 1000 Grit, Fine 5000 Grit, FREE Sharpening Guide Clip
** ORDER THIS SET AND WE'LL INCLUDE A FREE KNIFE SHARPENING GUIDE CLIP WORTH $11.95! **
Superb stones! A VERY popular set with home and pro users alike. Excellent quality stones, they cut fast and are durable and long-lasting, with consistent and pleasant feedback/feel. A superb value in a high quality Japanese water stone set! Easy to use as well: just splash-and-go, no soaking.
A complete sharpening set, for everything from cutting a new edge with the 320 grit for damaged or very old and dull knives, to honing with the 1000 and polishing, finishing or stropping with the 5000 grit. Consider adding an 8,000 or 12,000 grit ultra-fine stone if you have Japanese knives or a straight razor and want a super-fine polished edge. Stones individually boxed, 21 cm x 7 cm surface (8.25"x2.75"). 1.5 cm thick. The stone boxes can be used as basic stands for casual sharpening, but consider adding a proper adjustable stone holder for a much heavier and more secure base. See individual stones for descriptions and more information. Made in Japan.
Please note: we have received a report of the guide clip causing scratches on a blade, so if you plan on using the sharpening guide clip, please test it carefully and make sure it and the knife are very clean (no grit contamination!), to avoid potentially scratching the knife when putting it on and taking it off or moving it. We have sold many hundreds over the years and this is the first such complaint, but still, it's worth noting that when putting it on or removing it, it's best to avoid sliding it horizontally, again to guard against perhaps scratching the knife blade. Of course freehand sharpening is always the best, so you might find you never need the "training wheels" of the clip.
If you want to really complete your package and make sharpening more pleasant and functional for the long-haul without breaking the bank, consider adding the Naniwa adjustable stone holder which keeps the stone steady while sharpening and raises it to a more comfortable height off your work surface. Also consider at least the small Naniwa flattening stone, it's affordable and does a pretty good job at flattening and cleaning your stones. I use both of these at home.
And if you're wondering how difficult freehand sharpening is, or if you feel overwhelmed by all the information online, we had our friend Peter Nowlan from Halifax make this little video to help you get started. Sharpening can be a fun and rewarding skill!