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  • Features 2-sided stone block w/ 400 (dark green) & 1000 (light green) grit. Used for returning edges to their original shape (smoothing/polishing edges) - Discombobulated

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  • DUAL SIDED SHARPENING- Made from durable silicon carbide, this two-sided sharpening block comes with both a 400-grit side, used for returning edges to their original shape, and a 1000-grit side used for smoothing and polishing cutting edges.
  • WATER STONE- This stone is meant to be used with water, not oil. Simply soak stone for 5-10 minutes before use, and lubricate with additional water as needed when sharpening. No expensive honing oil needed!
  • MULTI USE TOOL- This whetstone can be used as a one-stop shop for any item you want sharpened and polished, including kitchen cutlery, scissors, hunting or pocket knives, blades, and razors. Also works for hatchets, axes, carving and gardening tools.
  • RESTORES SHARPNESS- After one use with this water stone, dull knives and battered blades will be restored to razor sharpness. Recondition all your tools with this kitchen or workshop essential.
  • Dimensions: 7" (L) x 2.25" (W) x 1.125" (H). Material: Green Silicon Carbide. Features include: 2-sided stone block, Dark Green: 400 Grit, Light Green: 1000 Grit.
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If you're just getting started you won't notice a difference. High-end stones, like the Naniwa Professionals (Chosera's replacement) someone mentioned above, provide better tactile feedback and supposedly have more uniform grit distribution. Tactile feedback is the most noticeable difference and you'd expect a high-end stone to have smooth, pleasing feedback but a very cheap stone may feel like you're scratching a chalkboard. Obviously, if you're new to sharpening you won't have a baseline to compare and will likely assume a rough scratching is normal, which is why I say you won't notice a difference. High-end stones are also a lot more expensive so if you're only planning to occasionally sharpen a few knifes the 400/1000 whetstone posted above will do fine. Starting with something cheap, like this, is also good because you can learn and practice your sharpening skills before spending a few hundred on the high-end stones. No point in dropping a few hundred to buy the expensive stuff until 1) you know how to use them, 2) you know you're going to use them, and 3) have the experience to truly appreciate a good stone.

400 is quite coarse and is something you'd only use on a very dull knife or if you wanted to put a new edge on a knife; you don't want to use this one too often because it takes off a lot of metal. 1000 is considered a medium stone and I think you'll find that this is your standard go-to stone for sharpening kitchen knives. 1000 will put a decent edge on the knife which is probably sufficient for most people. (Personally, I'd stop at no less than 3000 on a western knife but obviously that requires you to buy more stones.) If you use Japanese knives or want a very fine edge you'll want to work your way up to a 4000+ finishing stone. I want point this out because if you use this 400/1000 stone on a fine Japanese knife and stop at 1000 you'll probably end up with a worse edge than when you started. HTH.
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For those new to sharpening, I would recommend you check out some of Kirin's videos on youtube. In addition, depending on what type of knife you have, you'll want to start out with a course stone and move on to finer stones and finally, finishing stones. An example could be 400 to 1000 to 5000 with increments in between. Sharpening to 8000 grit doesn't necessarily bring you any specific benefit unless you are cutting very fine items. Plus, if you use something that fine, it'll require sharpening more often if you use your knife a lot.

This stone is probably perfectly fine for most people starting out sharpening their own knives. As their skill progresses, I would recommend single stones.
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$3 savings, meh. The king stones from Japan are only a tad more but much higher quality
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naniwa chosera all the way
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$3 savings, meh. The king stones from Japan are only a tad more but much higher quality
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I have never been a fan of the dual stones, unless you are using it mobile. You will get much more value out of two separate stones. I agree with above to go with chosera or king.
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So which King stone is good. There are so many?
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$3 savings, meh. The king stones from Japan are only a tad more but much higher quality
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$3 savings, meh. The king stones from Japan are only a tad more but much higher quality
Not trying to be snarky, but I'm only a novice at sharpening stones and how are they "higher quality"? I'm trying to think of what can be different, and all I can think of is are they actually labeled/manufactured as stated, i.e. is the grit and water portion accurate, is there a problem with the flatness of the stone, and do the stones hold up/not clog when being used. I may not be looking at this the right way, which is why I'm asking. Reps for info, or even a link to a good primer on how to recognize a quality sharpening stone. Confused
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KING 250/1000 Grit Combination Waterstone
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What about 3000-8000 grit stones? Should we have both?

Most of my knives are serrated or ceramic, any ideas about how to sharpen those? My high end ceramics ill probably ship to Japan for professional sharpening, but I'd like to get a bit more life out of my cheap ones. I'm also sitting on a half dozen dull serrated steak knives I'd love to bring back to life.
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Sharpen on a brick. https://youtu.be/qoEZI82-M_k
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