King 1000 Grit Whetstone with Plastic Base
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The lower grit stones like the 250 and 400 are great for taking out chips in the blades or reprofiling the edge to fit your needs or preferences. As a camper who beats on knifes and axes, I really need this benefit to take out those chips and these stones do so beautifully.
A good stone grit to breach the gab between the lower grits and the finishing stone is the 1000 grit. This will help smooth out the edge and give it some great sharpness. It also makes finishing the edge with a 3000 or 4000 grit stone an easier and less time-consuming step in the process. Finally, you should use a leather strop with a green and black compound to really get a good edge.
Bottom Line and Reccommending Sharpening System:
1.) 250/1000 grit King Water Stone
2.) 3000 or 4000 grit King Stone
3.) Leather strop with compound
You only really need the 250, 1000, and 3000 (or 4000) grit stones with the strop. I have seen the strop put a better edge than 8000 grit stones. Keep in mind a strop is only 30 bucks or so, and you could almost spend $100 on an 8000 grit stone. This reccommended sytem will make a butter knife scary sharp if you wanted it too. However, the stones are expensive and will loose shape over time depending on how much you use them. But the time you use them will definitely yield better results than a spyderco Sharpmaker (I have one). I also reccommend some sort of a stone holder like the Steelex Sharpening Stone Holder (If needed). This works well and makes it easier to work with.
It has also returned the razor edge to all of my kitchen knives. Last night I sliced a roast into paper thin slices using an Old Hickory butcher knife. Great product!
I was surprised to find it glued to it's base.After I started using it I realized this helps to keep stone in place.
I watched few videos on how to sharpen knifes and was able to get my dullest knife very sharp again just with this stone and sharpening steel.Not quite razor sharp but great for any slicing I do in kitchen.I guess you will need a finer grit stone to make your knife sharp enough to effortlessly slice paper.
Soak it it water first for about 20 minutes,put paper towel underneath to catch water,as paper towel dampens it will also keep plastic base from sliding around your countertop.It took me about ten minutes and more then few hundred strokes on each side to sharpen my very dull knife.
Moisten your stone with water often and do not lose patience.Watch few videos to help you figure out right angle between blade and stone I find that very important as well as consistency of strokes.By that I mean always sharpen your knife with similar strokes in same direction.
Because I am very new to sharpening my own knives it is hard to review this whetstone too critically. However, I think it is a good stone for a good price which is why I purchased it and it has met my expectations. I am glad I purchased one with a base because it raises the stone off of the counter to more easily sharpen the knives. I didn' know when I bought it but the the stone is securely attached to the base.
I have used this stone exclusively on my kitchen knives which are mostly Shun and a few Henckels.
The whetstone is far better than the other types of sharpener I have tried. It only requires some basic physical coordination, and gives very good results with only a few minutes of work. There are many videos online that demonstrate good sharpening technique, and they did not guide me wrong.
Moreover, the process oddly satisfying. Anyway, whetstones can be used for any blade type: kitchen, utility, santoku, even an axe. This is the way to go for sharpening.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the best knife sharpener we've every had! Takes a little work, but does a fantastic job! Husband uses it about once a week on the knives we use daily! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Carly
Very impressive stone. I would recommend this for conventional knives and pocket knives. It has a nice, moderate grit. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Just remember this is not to get the razor sharp, just get a dull one close enough to use your 4k/8k on.Published 19 days ago by Squirrel
Great product, can turn an OKAY knife set into a high performing set in one sharping. People who come over will turn their heads when they use your knives.Published 1 month ago by Helen T
I only Just Recently Received this item. But after soaking for an hour and spending about 15 minutes with this stone and my old pocket knife i was able to turn the knife that I've... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BryanS
The stone is fine. The base is horrible. The base slips around on about every surface. There just isn't enough contact with the surface. Even on a wet towel it slides around. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark H. Bahr
I expected a small stone to replace my old arkansas hard stone that I bought from walmart considering they're a very similar price, and I got it out of the box and saw a full size... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ross