|Item Weight||4.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||12.3 x 6.5 x 6.3 inches|
|Item model number||07660787943|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Norton Waterstone Starter Kit: 220/1000 grit stone, 4000/8000 grit stone, SiC flattening stone
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- 220/1000-grit combination waterstone for repairing, then establishing, steel cutting edges
- 4000/8000-grit combination waterstone for maintaining, refining, and polishing steel cutting edges
- 1/2 x 8 x 3 inch (H x W x D) size makes each waterstone suitable for use as a bench stone for knives and tools
- Blue plastic hinged boxes with no-slip rubber feet can be used as holders for the waterstones during sharpening
- 3/4 x 9 x 3 inch coarse-grit silicon carbide flattening stone for maintenance of waterstones, and an instructional DVD to demonstrate basic waterstone sharpening
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The Norton waterstone starter kit includes the basic elements needed for sharpening tools and knives using waterstones: a 220/1000-grit and a 4000/8000-grit combination waterstone, each measuring 1/2 x 8 x 3 inches (H x W x D); a 3/4 x 9 x 3 inch coarse-grit silicon carbide flattening stone; and an instructional DVD. (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.) Each waterstone comes in a hinged plastic box, with no-slip rubber feet, that protects it and provides a reservoir to keep it moist. The removable box lid acts as a sharpening station to hold the stone in place during bench sharpening. The silicon carbide flattening stone is used to maintain smooth sharpening surfaces on the waterstones. The instructional DVD demonstrates a freehand waterstone sharpening method.
The sharpening stones are used in sequence to restore the cutting edge on straight-edged tools, such as chisels, plane blades, and precision instruments. The 220/1000-grit combination waterstone is suitable for repairing and then establishing the cutting edge. The 4000/8000-grit combination waterstone is suitable for maintaining or refining, and then polishing the cutting edge. The silicon carbide flattening stone is used to smooth the sharpening surfaces and flatten the depressions that repeated use wears in a waterstone, to prepare it for effective sharpening of knives and tools.
These synthetic waterstones are created by grading abrasive material to a consistent particle size and blending it with bonding agents. Next, they are 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. These stones conform 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.
What’s in the Box?
- 220/1000-grit combination waterstone in blue plastic hinged box with no-slip rubber feet
- 4000/8000-grit combination waterstone in blue plastic hinged box with no-slip rubber feet
- Coarse-grit silicon carbide flattening stone
- Instructional DVD
- Printed instructions
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Top Customer Reviews
Before I talk about the stones themselves, I should add to my comments that, like others, my kit first arrived with two 220/1000 stones and no 4000/8000. This definitely seems to be a genuine quality control issue. However, in typical Amazon fashion I completed a return authorization online and had a new set in two days, and the inconvenience was minimal, but not non-existent.
I was surprised how short the learning curve was with this. I started with a very inexpensive and dull stainless steel Chinese cleaver that I purchased years ago in New York's Chinatown. This thing was really little more than a novelty piece, as I'd never been able to get it more than moderately sharp using our Chef's Choice sharpener. In one attempt the stones had the knife extremely sharp, and in fact I now reach for it for a huge number of chopping tasks that I'd usually tackle with my Henckels chef's knife. Feeling confident, I worked my way through the Henckels set, and each is now shaving sharp as well. From there I proceeded to sharpen a 20-year old, original Japanese-made Kershaw Black Horse folding knife. This was a little more challenging, but after getting better at finding and holding a proper angle the blade was reprofiled and again absolutely razor sharp.Read more ›
Freehand sharpening is not easy, but with a little education and some tips from YouTube you can do a great job.
Norton's tub shaped flattening stone wasn't flat so I spent 2 hours turning my beautifully cambered convex A2 steel 1/8" thick smoothing plane iron into a useless concave smoothing iron which is 0.004" concave over 2 1/8". The flattening stone was concave shaped on the 3" side. It will take me several hours to fix the plane iron. The flattening stone was bowed up 0.010 inches in the center of the long side. I called Norton customer service and they said we don't handle customer complaints. Just send it back to Amazon for a replacement. This really stinks. I'm going to keep sending the replacements back to Amazon until I get an acceptable quality sharpening system.
The only thing that I don't like about these stones is that there is two grits per stone. I'm still looking for a way or keeping the cross contamination to a minimum. Every time I need to switch to the next grit, I need to clean the stone to get the heavier grit off. I think I would prefer to have a dedicated stone for each grit.
A great set to get started with in water stones!
To prevent that use the flattening stone to take off and rough in the item you are sharpening first. That flattening stone is very, very rugged. It may not be meant for that. But, think about it. It is a stone and it has to be hard and aggressive enough to flatten other stones. The back of it is flat and will remove material quickly. When you have gotten the item sharpened down to the angle or edge you want then move to the other stones. Trust me it will save a lot of time, money and stones!!! I LOVE water stones and will never switch back. They are cleaner than stones that use oil also and water is free!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this starter kit for my wife. She is a professional cook and needs to always have sharp knives. This kit did the trick! The instructional DVD was very helpful as well. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Zac Gosteli
These bad boys are way easier to use than you might expect. I am an experienced home cook who puts her knives through the ringer most every day. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Shannon
I bought this set less than two months ago and the 220/1000 grit stone is almost completely worn down. I have only used them a handful of times. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Matt Norris
Excellent starter kit for sharpening with Waterstone.
I have used whetstones before for sharpening, but was interested in getting into "better" sharpening of... Read more
the 220 grit water wear out faster than I though. But I think maybe that's the key to deliver good quality results. flattening stone works great. very good quality water stones. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter T.
Received today and the blue case corner was broke off and lid won't shut.Published 1 month ago by L. Gilbert
Pretty good, but not the best. The stone quality is only decent. I've had better.Published 2 months ago by HBG