Set of three Naniwa Super Stone Japanese Whetstone Sharpening Stones: Coarse 400 grit; Fine 1000 Grit, Extra Fine 5000 Grit. Made in Japan.
A complete sharpening set, for everything from cutting a new edge with the 400 grit for damaged or very old and dull knives, to honing with the 1000 and polishing, and finally finishing with the extra fine 5000 grit. Stones individually boxed, 21cmx7cm surface (8.25"x2.75"). 2cm thick. See individual stones for full descriptions and more information. Made in Japan.
The Naniwa Super Stones are excellent whetstones, very reliable, forgiving, and not fragile. A GREAT choice for the beginner or casual home user who just wants good long-lasting stones that work great on a variety of knives. I use these SuperStone series at home and they're great. They're also easy to use: just splash-and-go, no need for soaking and in fact they must NOT be soaked.
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. For more serious flattening, the Atoma 140 or DMT DiaFlat are great choices. Other more heavy-duty and precise flattening stones are available here.
Warranty: One-year warranty against manufacturing defects.
NOTE: These are full, long-lasting 2cm thick stones, not the cheaper (and thinner and so less long-lasting and cheaper and more fragile) versions available at some other stores!
Sorry, but we cannot make substitutions for stones in this packages, nor can we accept returns on individual stones purchased from this or any other set. If you want to make your own set, just order the items individually... we try to have great prices no matter what!
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!