Think of waterstones like sand paper. Start with coarser grits and move to finer grits. Stop when you’ve achieved the desired finish.
For non-Japanese knives stop at 1000 grit. For Japanese go to at least 4000 grit….. But consider going higher. It is the super fine grits that give a silky smooth edge that we all love.
When choosing stones think about the size of ‘jumps’ between grits. I like only to double the grit between stones (eg. 1000 grit – 2000 grit- 4000 grit…) but one can get away with a quad jump (eg. 220/400 grit -1000 grit – 4000 grit..)
Truing stone – essential bit of kit often over looked. You will not get acceptable results if your waterstones are not flat.
220/400 grit - First step in sharpening dull knives and essential for repairs
500/600 grit - nice stepping stone from 200grit – 1000grit.
1000 grit – This is the workhorse of a stone. All knives will touch this one every sharpening session.
2000 grit – A great stepping stone before the finishing stones. Makes your job easier!
3000 grit – Use this or 4000 for the first step of polishing. A must for Japanese knives.
4000 grit – Use this or 3000 for the first step of polishing. A must for Japanese knives.
5000 grit – The first step of the bonus round. Sharper knives and a silkier edge.
8000 grit - Now we are talking silky. Do you want to get professional results? Then this is for you.
10,000 grit – This is the Ohhhh La La level. Do you want your Japanese knives to sing?
Nagura Stone – Used to prepare the surface of finishing stones (3000 grit and above)
In order to maximize the performance of the stones and avoid any misuse, please review the following information carefully.