Imanishi whetstones are extremely popular with enthusiast and professional sharpeners, especially this particular stone. The Kitayama 8000 has a cult status for high polish, a must have for any serious sharpeners stone collection.
- Imanishi Japanese Whetstone
- Kitayama 8000
- High Polish Finish
- Whetstone Size: 207 x 76 x 27mm
- Whetstone Weight: 784g
- No Soaking Required
- Professional Sharpening Stone / Whetstone
Japanese Sharpening Stones (Whetstones)
The consensus for sharpening Japanese kitchen knives, as well as Japanese woodworking tools, is the use of a whetstone. Dry grinding can affect temper (effectively ruining your knife or tool) and diamond plates are often too aggressive (removing too much material).
All Japanese whetstones will require flattening after use, no matter what type of stone, or the style of your sharpening, all whetstones will begin to dish over time. We recommend a ceramic flattening stone, or diamond plate for this task. For more info, check out Selecting a Japanese Whetstone.