Shapton stones are designed to be harder, faster cutting, and denser than any other ceramic water stone on the market. Because they remove material quickly, the time required to hold an angle on the stone is reduced, making free hand sharpening much easier. Shapton water stones are made with finely-graded ceramic cutting media, which wears much more slowly than aluminum oxide and silicon carbide commonly found in other man-made water stones. This results in a similar thickness of sharpening material lasting much longer. The 500x stone is the perfect place to start when resetting the bevel on a knife or removing chips. It will leave a very uniform scratch pattern, the perfect setup when used prior to the 1k. The 1K stone is a great place to start when sharpening because of the toothy edge it will leave. The 4K is the perfect progression after the 1K for the refining of the edge it will achieve. The 8K stone is a great stone to progress to after the 4K because of the further refining of the edge it will achieve. This is where the mirror polish will really start to be seen by most sharpeners. These are splash-and-go stones so no waiting while they soak making them exceptional for students and professionals alike. These stones measure 8.25” x 2.75” each.
This set of stones is perfect for any sharpening need. I own a small knife sharpening business and I get everything from pocket knives to swords. Using these stones cut my work time in half. Worth every penny and great set for beginners. As always speedy shipping and great customer service.