With its extremely fine grit size, this #8000 grit honing stone is perfect for the final polishing of bevels and back sides to give a fine, razor sharp edge to any tool of knife blade. This original Japanese made whetstone releases a constant supply of abrasive particles during sharpening, ensuring that the blade is always presented with fresh cutting edges. This allows the stone to work very quickly and also prevents it from becoming clogged with the waste metal removed from the edge. For ease of use this honing stone comes supplied with a stone stand. Dimensions of the stone: 210 x 73 x 22mm.
Unlike other synthetic sharpening stones which consist of a single abrading agent, these Japanese water stones consist of aluminium oxide, carbide and nitride particles fused together. This blend is then mixed with a clay like bonder and baked at high temperatures to form the sharpening stone. The resultant stone is soft but sharpens very quickly. The soft bonding clay allows the abrasive particles to release very easily when the stone is soaked in water. This gives the user a constant supply of fresh cutting surfaces with which to grind, sharpen and hone their tools.
Man has been sharpening edge tools with stones for thousands of years. Until very recently, the stones used were mined or quarried in specific parts of the world where the local stone exhibited all the necessary qualities required of a good sharpening stone, including and most importantly a consistent grit size. With the introduction of new technologies, it was possible to create synthetic sharpening stones with specific grit sizes using a mixture of abrasive compounds suspended in a soft bonding material. As the supply of the premium quality natural stone has become depleted and almost exhausted, man made sharpening stones have have become more popular.
Now favoured by many professionals and sporadic users over the natural stones, when you purchase a synthetic Japanese sharpening stone, you are guaranteed a stone with a uniform grit size that will produce consistent, high quality results when sharpening and will not vary in quality from stone to stone. This ensures that even those with little exposure to sharpening techniques can easily learn how to optimally sharpen their tools.