Shapton Glass Stone Set: includes 320 Grit (#50301), 1000 Grit (#50202), 4000 Grit (#50103), plus FREE Naniwa Sharpening Guide Clip
210mm x 70mm, 5mm thick (total thickness is 10mm: 5mm of abrasive bonded to 5mm glass plate).
A great starter set, with super-premium Japanese water stones! Inclues a coarse, medium, and fine grit, perfect to sharpen just about any kitchen or other knife. Plus we'll include a free Naniwa sharpening guide clip which you can attached to your knife to help you get a feel for the hand-sharpening process.
** ORDER NOW AND GET A KNIFE SHARPENING GUIDE CLIP WORTH $11.95 INCLUDED FREE! **
Shapton GlassStones are very fast cutting and long-lasting. The ceramic abrasive is permanently bonded to a glass plate so the whole unit is very flat and very strong. The abrasive is extremely consistent and dense so you have a great feel and can produce very precise and clean edges, plus these have the convenience of splash-and-go sharpening (do not soak these stones). They are very popular with professional and experienced home knife sharpeners who value the excellent feedback/feel they provide, and their high quality and consistency. Highly recommended!
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, 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.
You don't absolutely need a stone holder to use your stones, but it can be a lot more pleasant... if you really get into it, you'll want one! The Shapton stone holder is designed to fit these stones perfectly and is quite heavy and tall, providing a great workstation. The more affordable (and lighter duty) Shapton Field Holder is also a great alternative. Finally, the very affordable Naniwa universal/adjustable stone holder also works just fine for these stones (and just about any other stones you may have now or purchase in the future).
If you want to really complete your package and make sharpening more pleasant and functional for the long-haul without breaking the bank, 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 this and the Naniwa adjustable stone holder at home. For more serious flattening, the Atoma 140 or DMT DiaFlat are great choices. If you get REALLY serious and want the best of the best for flattening your stones, take a look at the Shapton Diamond Glass Lapping Plate!
Made in Japan.
Be sure to check out the Shapton FAQ.
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!