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Before ordering – please read over this post to ensure you understand he product your are purchasing.
The range of Shapton professional/traditional series (Ha-No-Kuromaku) ceramic whetstones are for those after quality synthetic sharpening stones for their knives, tools or razors. These stones will cut all types of steel, are very consistent in results (technique holding) and make good stones for those with harder steels, making them a great choice for Japanese and German made kitchen knives.
Unlike many water stones available that may require pre-soaking, the Shapton Pro series range are simply wet and go.
- You do not need to soak them (and you shouldn’t be soaking them).
- When finished sharpening always ensure to dry stones before storing them away in their box
- Do not sun dry (this will crack them).
These stones are of high quality, but like all whetstones they will chip, crack or simply break if mishandled (e.g: dropped) – so use with care!
Shapton Pro whetstones are 210mm x 70mm x 15mm (thick) making them a very good size for all sharpening tasks. Due to their thickness, they should last many years with average regular use.
As an added bonus and saving, each stone comes with its own protective plastic case which also doubles as a whetstone holder, so you don’t need to order a dedicated holder (unless you wish to). The top side of the plastic box has guide rails for which the whetstone will sit neatly within while sharpening duties are being done, while the base has four rubber feet to reduce sliding while in use.
Like all whetstones, Shapton stones will overtime need to be lapped (surface leveled) to ensure the best sharpening results, or dishing will appear.
What Is Dishing?
Dishing is simply the process of a whetstone slowly wearing away at the point of most contact with the blade (most common area on a whetstone for dishing is right in the centre, the place we usually focus our passes most). Over a period of time all whetstones / oil / water stones will begin to get dishing. Whetstones break down overtime – this we cannot avoid!
Synthetic stones can be hard stones and need a quality lapping product to do the job well. Shapton have produced a dedicated diamond glass lapping plate – the DGLP for the job.
Lapping Also Removes Swarf Build-Up!
What is Swarf? Overtime as your tool / blade begins to wear down from the sharpening process; you will notice a black build-up on your whetstone. This is called swarf.
It can begin to clog the whetstone and will also need to be removed regularly. Water flushed over the stone throughout the sharpening process, will not always be enough to stop this swarf build-up overtime (it can get into the surface).
Available grit sizes in the Shapton Pro series (Ha-No-Kuromaku) range are:
Each stone has a specified colour related to the grit size:
120 = White
220 = Moss
320 = Blue Black
1000 = Orange
1500 = Blue
2000 = Green
5000 = Dark Red
8000 = Melon
12000 = Cream
30000 = Purple
Interesting Gear Australia presently stocks Shapton pro series of: 320 grit, 1000 grit, 2000 grit, 5000 grit, 8000 grit and 12000 grit (all depending on stock levels at any one time). These grit whetstones are more than enough to accomplish any sharpening duties required, from initial bevel setting, chip removal to general sharpening and ultra fine polishing duties.
If your knives are already decently sharp and you maintain a regular sharpening routine:
However for just general sharpening duties the 1000 – 2000 are good choices alone (those with extremely blunt knives or small chips on the edges should look into the 320 or the coarser stone to begin).
There are no set rules and each knife depending on condition / tasks and of course how polished you wish to take it will dictate the stones necessary (e.g. those who wish to get the highest sharpness and polish out of their knives or those with straight razors will need to look into the 8000 grit and 12000 grit stones to further refine and polish the edge).
The great benefit of such a large range of whetstones is they are like building blocks, you can order the whetstone/s initially needed and later further add lower or higher grit stones to increase the grit range of your sharpening set-up (if/when needed).
If you have any questions on which Shapton professional stones may suit your needs best, contact me!