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Naniwa is known for making quality water stones. The Naniwa Traditional Water Stone is no exception. If you're looking for a quality water stone, the Naniwa Traditional is a great value.
Each stone measures 8 1/4" long, 2 3/4" wide and 3/4" thick. The stone is thick enough to provide many years of sharpening.
The Naniwa Traditional Water Stones are an excellent balance between price and features. You still get the quality and attention that Naniwa gives all their stones but don't have to pay the higher price of their more expensive lines of stones. Unlike the Super Stones (now called Sharpening Stones) these have a traditional water stone bond, the tradition bond absorbs water and thus requires soaking before use. The coarser grits readily absorb water quite readily while the 8000 grit very slowly absorbs water.
Available in the following grits:
220 Extra Coarse Grit - This grit is excellent for establishing a new bevel angle on a tool or knife. We also recommend it for sharpening extremely dull or nicked blades. The 220 grit sharpens very quickly.
1000 Medium Grit - This stone is a very popular grit choice because it really starts to refine the edge. This stone is an excellent follow up after using the 220 stone. If your edge isn't very worn, you don't need to start any coarser than this. At price and grit, this is one of the best values in sharpening stones.
1500 Medium Fine Grit - This stone is fine enough for many applications. In the kitchen, this stone will leave your knife with an edge better than many factory edges. At this grit size, this stone is considerably finer than many stones marked "fine" that you will find in stores.
6000 Very Fine Grit - This is yet another good choice as a final grit for many tools and knives. This stone works very well after you've used the 1000 or 1500 grit, and is fine enough to be considered a polished edge.
8000 Extremely Fine Grit - This snow white stone is extremely fine. This is a wonderful final stage for most knives or tool edges. It differs in feel and cost from the rest of the line of Naniwa Traditional Water Stones. The pure white color also gives you the most visual feedback when sharpening. It technically does absorb water, but does not absorb water like the other stones in the line, this stone polishes well and is worthy of the difference in price. This stone replaces Naniwa's previous stone often called the Snow White.