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Norton 24336 Japanese-Style Combination Waterstone 4000/8000 Grit, 8-Inch by 3-Inch by 1-Inch
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- Waterstone to create abrasive slurry for effective sharpening with less pressure than an oilstone requires
- Combination stone has 4000 grit on one face for maintaining and refining, and 8000 grit on the opposite face for polishing steel cutting edges
- 1 x 8 x 3 inch (H x W x D) size is suitable for use as a bench stone for knives and tools
- Cleans up easily with water as lubricant instead of oil
- Blue plastic hinged box with no-slip rubber feet can be used as holder for the stone during sharpening
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|Brand Name||Norton Abrasives - St. Gobain|
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The Norton 24336 Japanese-style 4000/8000-grit combination waterstone creates an abrasive slurry for effective sharpening, with 4000 grit on one face for maintaining and refining a cutting edge, and 8000 grit on the opposite face for polishing cutting edges; this 1 x 8 x 3 inch (H x W x D) stone, suitable for bench use, cleans up easily with water, and comes encased in a blue plastic hinged box. (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.) The box protects the waterstone and provides a reservoir to keep it moist. The removable box lid, with no-slip rubber feet, acts as a sharpening station to hold the waterstone in place during bench use.
This synthetic waterstone is created by grading abrasive material to a consistent particle size and blending it with bonding agents. It is then molded and surface-finished. Waterstones have a finer grit and softer bond than oilstones, and use water as the lubricant to develop a slurry, a thin paste of abrasive grains and water that removes metal with less pressure than an oilstone requires. Cleanup is easier than with oil as lubricant. The use of waterstones originated in Japan, where such stones occur naturally. As a result, some synthetic waterstones may be called “Japanese-style.” However, whether natural or synthetic, and whether labeled “Japanese-style,” all waterstones have the same basic characteristics. This stone conforms to the Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) for waterstones.
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.
From the Manufacturer
Waterstones are synthetic stones designed to be softer than oil stones. These softer grade stones are used with water as the lubricant (versus oil) to develop fast-cutting slurry. Designed in a carefully planned and efficient sharpening sequence. You get the level of abrasiveness that you need at each stage, without wasting time trying to sharpen your knives on a grit that is too fine, too soon.
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I've always had great success with the stone in the past, but unfortunately I misplace my old one in the chaos of my house, so I ordered a new one. I'm expecting the same great performance.
A nit leads me to rate it 4 stars instead of 5: Norton doesn't provide a strong package for the stone. Mine arrived with one end of the plastic storage container in pieces. Fortunately, Norton *does* pad the stone itself with foam, so there's no permanent damage. Rather than taking the time to replace the stone, I'm just going to superglue the small broken part. It does nothing other than hold water, so it's a minor problem.
Using it along with the Smith 6" tri-stone & the DIAMOND SHARPENING STONE - hone block - 2" x 6" double sided FINE + MEDIUM, you can put a straight razors edge on any knife.
Recently I purchased the Higo no Kami Aogami-Honwarikomi Tokudai (sizeXL), Nagaokoma, Import from JAPAN knife which came with a razors edge & with the 8000 grit stone I can get the edge back in just 3-4 passes on the stone.
I'm really happy with this setup.
Now I can take the chance & try to correct & level out the surface on my piece of antique tile.......it was a piece I found on the ground at a demolition site. An old home/mansion was being torn down & I picked it up because it looked like glass but it was a piece floor, counter or some type tile. Wished now I'd loaded my trunk full of it. One tile salesman said it looked like a piece of extremely fine & expensive Italian tile used around & in fireplaces. This double sided stone is pretty close to being as good as that piece of tile.
I was immediately impressed with the quality of the stone. There are no irregularities in the stone and it is dead flat right out of the box. It has enough heft to keep it in place with a minimum of effort. The combination of grits is exactly what you need to hone and polish a blade that already has an established edge. I used it on a 2" Hock plane iron and got it to a mirror polish in very little time. The instruction booklet packed with the stone is informative without being overwhelming. The plastic case is nice and is sturdy enough to protect the stone from accidental contact. The hinge of the box is solid plastic, so I'm not sure how long it will hold up after repeated use.
I would definitely buy other Norton stones in the future.
Actually, at first I received a cracked case.. I let them know and I had a replacement the next day before they even picked up the original. You can ask for better service so not only is it a great product, it's a great seller as well.