Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2019
Delivered quickly. Well packed. No chips or cracks.
This is my second 4k/8k. Italian and USA made. My stone arrived dead flat, just like the last one I purchased from another seller. I’m going to hit it with the 320 grit for a few passes but I’m tempted to use it as is. Even the 4k side is smooth. There are some complaints about the stone not being flat or grainy and needing lots of flattening out of the box but that has not been the case for me two times now.
My straight razors and a few of my Japanese knives will be happy with this old reliable stone. You can shave well of this stone once you learn to hone properly on the 1k and adjust your pressure on the 8k to get a very smooth finish. The stone also plays well with my Naniwa 12k which is a beautiful finisher. The stone has fallen out fashion for some in the age of Shapton and others, however, it’s affordable and I really do like the smooth edges they produce. If you’re buying this mostly for straight razors, I wouldn’t hesitate. It’s a great stone and very good for beginners to learn on. If you take care of straights you’ll end up using the 8k side the most.