|Item Weight||2 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||8.7 x 2.9 x 1.5 inches|
|Item model number||D1067|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Steelex D1067 800-Grit Japanese Waterstone
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Steelex Japanese Deluxe Water Stone, 800 Grit D1067
From the Manufacturer
To achieve a surgically sharp edge on your tools, nothing works faster or better than Japanese water stones. The abrasive slurry produced on top of the stone cuts aggressively and polishes the blade as it sharpens. If you've never tried sharpening with water stones before, you'll be astounded by the results.
Top customer reviews
For my system, this is typically the stone I begin with when re-sharpening knives that I've already sharpened in the past. With new knives, I tend to need a rougher grit to begin with, since most factory edges have very rough grind marks, and the edge geometry usually needs adjusting to my preference. If the knife you're working on, like many knives my friends ask me to sharpen, is so dull and worn it has big visible chips in the edge, then you will want to start with a rough grit stone, not a medium grit like this one. Also, since some other reviewers comments may lead to confusion, to clarify, this is not a "finishing" stone. It is a medium grit stone. You can use this as your final grit, and it will leave a toothier edge, but this stone will not establish a "mirror polish." For that, you need something along the lines of a 6000 or higher grit water stone(8000+ is even better).
If you want a complete system, then I would look for a rough grit stone, something around 250~500-for grinding in a new edge geometry/grinding away big chips, a medium grit(1000~1200)-start here for knives that have a good established edge geometry and don't have big chips, and a finishing stone(6000+)-for a mirror polished hair popping edge.
The only ding I can give it(hence the 4 star rating), is the price. There currently seem to be better value options available. When I purchased this stone 5 years ago, I payed less than $20 for it($19.73). At the time of this review(June, 2015), the price is $32.40. Currently, the #1200 King Deluxe stone(http://www.amazon.com/King-Deluxe-Medium-Grain-Sharpening/dp/B0016VE6D4/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t/182-8407115-4567522) is going for $21.97, and there are other options as well. Aside from that, as long as you understand the purpose of this stone as mentioned above, this will work well for you.
I use this 1200 stone to get a working edge on my knife -- an edge that would be sufficient for most purposes. Then I switch to a 6000 water stone to finish it off. Like most outdoorsman, I have to have my knife razor sharp.
I know that some guys like to go from 800 to 1200 to 6000, on the stones, but I have never found a reason to go down to 800 when sharpening a knife.
You can find videos on YouTube showing you how to use a water stone. I highly recommend watching those before you attempt it yourself.
I like to pis* off my wife and sharpening my knives on the kitchen counter next to the sink, so I can soak my stones prior to, and in between use. The Steelex D1091 Sharpening Stone Holder does a darn good job of holding the stone in place even on a wet smooth surface, and is worth the money.
This stone works very well if you already have a good edge on your knives. If your knives are made of garbage steel this isn't the stone for you. If the edge has nicks in it or is unevenly ground, fix it with a coarser oil or whetstone before using this stone. This waterstone can be absolutely ruined by a cheap knife or an ugly edge. That said, if you have a nice, professional quality knife that alsready has a good edge and you want to make sharper than a razor, this stone will do it.
It took me about 5 minutes to build up the surface with slurry and start polishing my knives' edges. Once the surry was there, I was able to sharpen each knife in about 10 minutes. This stone is actually a pleasure to use. Make sure to keep it well watered. It will require soaking for several minutes prior to use, and then a sprinkling of water every 30 seconds or so, if not more often. The base is very sturdy, with little rubber feet to prevent sliding.
And, as other users have mentioned, this stone simply puts the edge on your knives. To keep that razor edge between sharpenings, use a honing steel. And let's be real; make sure that is good quality too. I've seen some lousy steels out there.
I'm very happy with this stone. I'd recommend it to anyone.