|Excellent polishing stone |
Jan USA 12/22/2009
I ordered this stone in order to provide a finishing touch after using my Naniwa Chosera stones. Out of the box it wasn't quite flat so I first fixed that, which took a couple of minutes. I used it as the last stone to sharpen a new Takeda blade with its rather toothy unpolished edge. When I was done with this stone I had a sharp mirror edge. I think this stone is perfect for those knives where a highly polished edge is desirable. I plan to use this stone on all my knives in the future.
|Kitayama kudos! |
Brandon WA 8/26/2008
I have had this stone for about 2 1/2 years in a professional kitchen, which has given me sufficient time to really test it on dozens of types of knives and steels. I would have to say this is the best all around finishing stone for a variety of steels. I love the slight hazy mirror finish and super refined edge it leaves. It's not too soft and not too hard. Has great feedback and polishes quite fast. I love this stone.
|the finisher |
paul dozois california los angeles 5/23/2007
this stone will polish the edge of a blade to a chrome finish, making it in some cases better then when it was new.
|I didn't know... |
John California / USA 5/23/2006
I didn't know that it was possible to sharpen my Japanese and German kitchen knives to factory fresh sharpness (or maybe even better). You will know that it is working when you see a bright mirror-like polish on the edges. And if you are up for it, you can try the standard fingernail test method and you will see that the edge really sticks to you! After I sharpened knives for my family and friends they got scared but I keep trying to tell them that a sharper knife is actually safer when cooking. I also appreciate the black wooden base and green tea color of this stone. It makes me imagine of a secret sword polisher living deep in a mountainous forest ready to greet your knives or swords with a smile.