This basic care information will help you maximize the performance and life of your natural stone.
Get a Nagura stone, with this you can build the slurry need to use this stone, use it every time. This will also help clean your natural stone.
Use plenty of water this will act as a lubricant, preventing damaging the knife or the stone.
Never ever use oil it will ruin your stone.
DO NOT soak this stone.
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.
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!
Do not use on a full moon or in a forest, next to a large tree.
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.
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.