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Norton IM313 -11.5" Three Stone Sharpening System - Fine India, Medium Crystolon, and Coarse Crystolon stones


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Specifications for this item
Brand Name Norton Abrasives - St. Gobain
Part Number 61463685960
Color Name Black
UPC 614636859606
EAN 0614636859606
Number of Items 1
UNSPSC Code 27111908

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Product Features

  • Self-contained bench sharpening unit with reservoir for oil and rotating axis that holds three stones in place for sequential use
  • Includes three sharpening stones: 100-grit silicon carbide stone for repairing, 150-grit silicon carbide for sharpening and maintaining, and 320-grit aluminum oxide for honing cutting edges
  • 1/2 x 11-1/2 x 2-1/2 inch (H x W x D) size of oilstones makes them suitable for use as bench sharpeners for knives and tools
  • Durable plastic case has a lid and no-slip rubber feet, and protects stones against breakage
  • Angle guide to position tool correctly for sharpening, and 16 oz. bottle of Norton sharpening stone oil for lubrication

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 9.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0001MSA72
  • Item model number: 61463685960
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,805 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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From the Manufacturer

The IM313 sharpening system has long been considered the to be the ultimate sharpening system. The 2-1/2 In wide x 11-1/2 In. long stone permits long strokes for faster more precise sharpening of all straight edge tools. The coarse Crystalon® stone quickly restores badly worn cutting edges; the medium Crystalon® stone produces the average edge needed for many tools and the fine India® stone hones to a sharper edge. The heavy base has a non skid bottom. A pint can of Norton Oil is included with each IM313

Product Description

The Norton Crystolon and India IM313 11-1/2 inch three-stone sharpening system includes 100-grit and 150-grit silicon carbide stones and a 320-grit aluminum oxide stone, a self-contained three-stone bench sharpening unit with a lid and no-slip rubber feet, a reservoir, an angle guide, and a 16 oz. bottle of sharpening stone oil for lubrication. In the top of the bench sharpening unit, a rotating axis holds the stones firmly in place, protecting them against breakage, and bringing the desired stone into position for sharpening. The base of the sharpening unit is a reservoir that allows submersion of the unused stones, keeping them clean and saturated. The angle guide helps to position a tool correctly for sharpening. The three stones in this system are used sequentially to restore cutting edges on straight-edged tools, such as knives, chisels, plane blades, and precision instruments; the 100-grit silicon carbide stone is suitable for repairing a cutting edge, while the 150-grit silicon carbide stone is suitable for sharpening and maintaining the edge, and the 320-grit aluminum oxide stone produces a honed cutting edge.

The sharpening stone oil meets FDA requirements for use near food, and consists of pharmacopeia-grade mineral oil formulated with the correct lubricity for oilstone sharpening. It prevents metal from bonding with the abrasive surface by flushing away dislodged abrasive and metal chips. Each stone is also prefilled with oil to save time and eliminate the need to presoak it prior to use. The silicon carbide stones are fast-cutting and offer effective sharpening, even under light pressure. The aluminum oxide stone has a tough fracture- and wear-resistant grit that is more durable than silicon carbide and capable of sharpening to very close tolerances.

Each stone is created by grading the material to a consistent particle size and blending it with bonding agents. It is then molded and surface-finished. These unusually large 1/2 x 11-1/2 x 2-1/2 inch (H x W x D) oilstones, which are suitable for bench use, are harder and more durable than a waterstone. (H is height, the vertical distance from lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.) They conform to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) abrasive grit standard.

Sharpening stones, or whetstones, are abrasive surfaces used to sharpen and hone the edges of steel cutting implements, such as chisels, knives, scissors, hand scrapers, and plane blades. Sharpening is the process of creating or re-establishing a cutting edge by grinding away portions of the metal to adjust the angle of the edge and reform the shape. Honing removes small imperfections. Stones can be flat, for working flat edges, or shaped, for edges that are more complex. Sharpening stones are made of natural or synthetic materials that range from softer to harder, and are categorized by the size of their abrasive particles, known as grit. A stone with a coarser grit is used when more metal needs to be removed (e.g., when sharpening a nicked or very dull blade); the stone with the finest grit produces the sharpest edge. Where numbers are assigned to specify grit, they range from coarser grit (low) to finer grit (high). Some sharpening stones are designed for use with a lubricating liquid, some can be used dry, and others can be used either wet or dry. When used with lubricating liquid, a sharpening stone can be called a waterstone or an oilstone, based on the lubricant required.

Norton Abrasives manufactures sanding, grinding, and polishing abrasives, and has been located in the United States since 1885. Norton, now a brand of Saint-Gobain, meets ISO 9000 and 14001 certification for quality and environmental management standards.

What’s in the Box?

  • 100-grit silicon carbide stone
  • 150-grit silicon carbide stone
  • 320-grit aluminum oxide stone
  • Bench sharpening unit with reservoir
  • 16 oz. bottle of Norton sharpening stone oil
  • Angle guide
  • Instructions



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Easy and effective!
Conrad Stachelek
If you are considering a knife sharpening system I highly recommend Norton stones over electric sharpeners.
K. Quist
It is worth the money and I see this sharpener lasting a lifetime.
kevin landeck

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K. Quist on April 18, 2007
As a chef, I have had the opportunity to use many types of sharpening systems over the years. In my opinion there is no competition when it comes to sharpening stones. The Norton stone is easy to use and keeps your cutting edge razor sharp with little effort. A multi stone allows you to repair damaged blades (coarse stone), rebuild your blade with the medium stone and finish your edge with the fine stone.

If you are considering a knife sharpening system I highly recommend Norton stones over electric sharpeners. The stone takes a minimum amount of steel off your knives compared to electric sharpeners. An electric sharpener takes the same amount of steel off the blade every pass. You will replace your knives much quicker with an electric sharpener. Protect your investment!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aaron C. Ettlin on November 7, 2006
I have been working in the professional kitchen for a few years now, and I have used these exact items both in culinary school and in restaurants. I love it, and it's well worth the investment.

A steel merely HONES the edges of a blade, aligning the feathered bits of steel that get ground into the edge of the blade over periods of use or sharperning. This tri-stone truly sharpens even the dullest knives to a razor sharp edge. I use this for my home knives, as well as my pro kitchen knives. It does take a little bit of time to get used to, to get the right angle, etc, but is ultimately easy and self-explanitory. The safest knife is a sharp knife.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jacob N. Kuehn on October 3, 2007
the 3 way sharpening stone is great for putting a new edge on your culinary knives. The only downside is you have to be trained in using the stones as sharpeners. There are very little directions in using this product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gabayan on October 2, 2011
This is an excellent product, and I have used this stone in many of the restaurants that I have worked for over the years.

Although, many of the kitchens I have cooked in normally only have one sharpening system available and you can spend a good chunk of your shift just sharpening your knives - so I invested in buying a stone set myself.

This sharpening set is great, my knives come out razor sharp and are ready for me. If you're investing in high quality german or carbon japanese knives then you definitely want to have a way to keep your knives in great shape. I purchased the 11.5" stone set thinking that it would be easier to sharpen my 8" chef knife but in all honesty I think you'd be okay with a shorter stone maybe 8-9" in length it will save you some money as well.

The product is easy to assemble, you need to screw in some bolts to hold all of the plates in place. Then you fill the well to the oil level and it's ready to go. I would highly recommend you purchase a stone set if you're investing in high quality knives, especially those that will run you $120+.

If you aren't familiar with how to use a sharpening stone, the product comes with some instructions - and im sure you can also find more detailed instructions online.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cecil Means on January 6, 2008
I have wanted a Norton oilstone knifesharpener since I started to work in a butcher shop at age 14.There is none better than a Norton,it's what the pros use.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathy D. Stelter on January 10, 2012
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I purchased this for my husband several years ago as he is an avid knife collector and likes to sharpen his own knives. He loved it and used it all the time. Our house burned down 4/25/11 and after the initial shock, one of the first things he wanted was the Norton Sharpening System which I ordered and gave him for our anniversary this December.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By brian on December 11, 2007
This is a must have for any chef. Everywhere I have worked I have had the privilege of using these stones and they work great. I do not have one for the home yet but after the Christmas season I plan on getting one. I must also agree with the reviewer who stated that you must have knowledge on how to use this. If you are new to this then you will have a difficult time.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. Nuttycombe on August 17, 2008
I obtained the tri-hone from my local traditional archery shop after many years of wanting one. I've had both natural and synthetic stones in the past, and while I prefer natural stones, I decided to go with the tri-hone mostly because of the oil bath. Working with oil stones is usually messy, but the tri-hone makes having a perfectly oiled stone easy.

Now, for the downsides. First, I'm really disappointed that the tri-hone has gone to using a plastic housing instead of the old cast metal housing. The plastic housing doesn't provide any mounting points that could be used to permanently affix it to the work surface, and I'm afraid of it cracking.

The more significant problem I have with the tri-hone is that the stones are all a bit too coarse for my taste. The coarse stone is something that I would only use on the dullest of knives, or perhaps for finishing an axe; the medium stone is coarse enough for wholesale stock removal, and the fine stone is still coarse enough that you can't really work a truly fine edge with it. I'm searching for a surgical or hard arkansas stone to replace the coarse stone with to actually make the tri-hone usable with my fine Shun kitchen knives, which need a more delicate touch to get a true razor edge.
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