Water Stones

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 gritThis 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.

  • Use plenty of water, this will act as a lubricant, preventing knives from excess heat. Never ever use oil it will ruin your stone. Don’t let black residue from sharpening build up on the stone to avoid plugging up the grit. 
  • Do not keep stones in direct sunlight, extreme heat or cold (i.e. Inside of a car in winter).
  • Please wipe excess water off from the stone before storing.
  • Some stones require soaking in water for about 20min prior to use, others only require a splash of water while sharpening. It depends on the stone. If the stone immediately sucks up all the water on it, soak it. If it pools on top don’t soak it. Please ask us for each stone type.
  • Keep stone surface flat as much as you can. Get a truing stone. This will help you to maintain right angle for sharpening, and will give you the best result. The flatter the stones are, the sharper knives get!