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The Naniwa Specialty Sharpening Stone is an exciting new Japanese Water stone from Naniwa. This is the same stone as the Naniwa Sharpening Stone, but half as thick for an economical price. Each stone measures 8 1/4" long, 2 3/4" wide and 3/8" thick. Even though it is thinner, the Naniwa Specialty Sharpening Stone is thick enough to provide many years of sharpening.
These stones sharpen very quickly. With many of the modern steel alloys used in knives and tools, speed of sharpening can be an important factor when considering a sharpening stone. These stones work well on tough tool steels such as A2 or D2 and very hard stainless alloys popular in Japanese and western cutlery.
Recommended for Quality
We have been very impressed with the quality of these stones. Whether you're purchasing the very coarse 220 grit or all the way up to the extremely fine 12,000 grit, we’ve found these stones to be very consistently graded. If you’ve considered purchasing a set of Japanese water stones, we certainly recommend the Naniwa Specialty Sharpening Stones.
Splash and Go Resin Bonding
If you want to get down to the real details of these stones, they are made with a resin bond. The resin bond gives these stones two real benefits. First, the resin bond allows for a higher level of abrasive particles compared with less expensive methods of stone bonding. The higher abrasive levels contribute to the speed of sharpening. Second, these resin bonded stones don't require soaking in water prior to use, just a sprinkle on the top is all that is needed.