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    Imanishi Kitayama Stone 8000 Grit

    Perfect for finishing and polishing the edge of carbon steel knives, the Kitayama 8000 grit stone is revered among professional sharpeners in Japan.
    This stone imparts an awesome edge on single bevel knives (Deba, Usuba, and Yanagiba) making it an essential part of the quest for perfect sushi.
    This stone requires a Nagura stone to clean it up.

    When to use this stone

    • Great stone for finishing single bevel knives such as  Deba, Usuba, and Yanagiba.
    • This stone is slightly softer than the other 8000 grit stones we carry, so it is ideal for creating a kasumi finish on your blade. 

    DO NOT soak this stone. This stone only requires a splash of water while sharpening. Please wipe excess water off the stone before storing it. Not following these directions can result in damaging your stone.

    About Imanishi - Imanishi specialized in some of Japan's highest-quality sharpening stones, especially when it comes to natural stones. They take the role of the sharpening stone in the lifespan of a knife very seriously and strive to find the perfect stone for each type of knife. We carry a wide variety of natural stones from Imanishi, as well as a few synthetic ones.

    Brand Imanishi

    Sharpening knives can be one of the most satisfying and fun skills to learn and do. Whether you’re an old hand at sharpening, or just starting out, we want to give you a few tips to help you get the most out of your water stones. If you have any questions about care or technique, please feel free to get in touch, our contact information is below.

    Waterstone tips:

    • Use plenty of water. Periodically splash your stones with water as you use them to prevent the stone from plugging up with residue.
    • Some stones require soaking in water for about 20 minutes prior to use, others only require a splash of water while sharpening. Knifewear brand stones tell you what they require on the package. A good way to tell which a stone requires is to splash it with water, if the stone immediately sucks up all the water on it, soak it. If it pools on top don’t soak it.
    • Stones take on steel residue with use. A small Nagura stone can help clean the surface like an eraser.
    • Use a truing stone to keep the stone surface flat. Softer stones might require this before every sharpening session. This will help you to maintain the correct angle for sharpening, which is critical for creating the best knife edge.
    • We suggest lightly beveling the edges of the stone with a truing stone to avoid cutting yourself, and to prevent chips from coming off.
    • In dry climates, certain stones can be vulnerable to cracking if they dry too quickly. To avoid this, wrap these stones in a damp tea towel and allow to dry more slowly. These include the Knifewear 4000 and 8000, as well as the Naniwa Professional series.

    Important!

    • Do not keep stones in direct sunlight, extreme heat or cold (e.g. Inside a car in winter) and avoid dropping them.
    • Always wipe excess water off from the stone before storing.
    • Never ever use oil on a water stone. It will ruin it.
    • Have fun!

    We aim to ship your order within 1 business day at Knifewear, if there is a hold up, we'll aim to let you know and give you a timeline.

    We offer free shipping on orders over $100* anywhere in Canada and $200* to customers in the USA. We ship worldwide, and offer up to the minute rates from our shipping partner DHL.

    *Konro Grills and some other larger items are excluded from the free shipping offer.

    How do I make a return on an online order?
    No worries, we've got you sorted. Head over to https://knifewear.com/returns and follow the prompts. 

    Can I pick up my order Curbside / At the store?
    Absolutely, as long as all the items you are looking for are in stock at the location you want to pickup from, you'll be able to select that at the checkout. If one or more items aren't at your preferred location we are happy to ship it to you.