This is the first Naniwa Waterstone Kevin bought and it changed everything. After using this stone for the first full day he claims to have smashed his American made 4000/8000 combination stone in the back lane out of frustration. He claims it was this Norton Waterstone that held him back and stopped him from getting the sharpening results he wanted. Use for any Japanese kitchen knife, hunting knife, woodworking chisel or straight razor. The mirror edge it leaves will impress. Enjoy smooth cutting.
When to use this stone
Fine polishing stone needs a progression from a 2000-6000 grit first. Essential for meat and fish knives specifically.
Not great for wide bevel/knife thinning sharpening, as this stone is very hard.
Excellent for daily/weekly touch-ups for Japanese knives, specifically those used for precision work or meats and fish.
Stone Usage Prep
Splash & Go
About Knifewear -Knifewear is Canada's largest retailer of Japanese knives and sharpening supplies. The Knifewear range of stones provides incredible quality and performance at a very reasonable price. Whether you're sharpening knives or razors, Knifewear stones will live up to their reputation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.