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. These are splash-and-go stones, so no soaking is required. This results in a similar thickness of sharpening material lasting much longer. The 2K stone is a great stone to progress to after the 1K because of the further refining of the edge it will achieve. These stones measure 8.25Ē x 2.75Ē each.
I had a coworker tease me for buying a $60 rock. I doubt heíll have anything clever to say about my knives! It sharpens evenly and smoothly,unlike my cheap sushi supply stone,doesnít require soaking and VERY fast steel removal--the swarf is BLACK. It raises a very workable burr and though it cuts fast,I donít feel like the burr sneaks up on you,the stone is very consistent and gives good aural feedback,which helps a newbie like myself. The box does a good job,I just put it on a board mate so it wonít slip,and the holes in the bottom mean I can just let the stone dry a bit and store it away. I doubt I will buy any other stone for a long while.
I own the 1k also and this is the best 1-2 punch on the market today. You can actually set the bevel if the knife isnít too worn. Spend about 10 mins and than move on to the 2k and then you’re talking about some cutting,instant swarf and it set the first polish before you make the jump to the next grit of your choice. Splash and go,cut and shine,not overly expensive and the best part,mark and sue with their service who could ask for anything more. Happy cutting everybody. Shapton pro rules!
Hazzard county NC
I would give this 10 stars if I could. I believe it actually works better than the 1k but in succession it is a one two punch that canít be beat. It cuts and polishes,for most home kitchens it might be all you need if you’re not picky and obsessive like most of you knife junkies,when this wears out I might buy 2 so I will never be without and when or if you want to jump to the 5k shapton than you will be carving roasts and birds like a pro. The only thing else that can be said is the super service from cktg every business should use their program as a template for their company. peace jmbullman
My experience is Shapton Pro line is much better on carbon steel and tool steel knives than on common stainless steel knives. I also have 1k and 1.5k as medium stone,and 5k as finishing stone. They are all good and I use them almost exclusively for my carbon steel and tool steel (like steels similar to D2) double bevel knives. For example,shapton pro 1k,2k work great on my Yoshikane knives. Again,as always,it depends on how your knife interacts with your stone.
Excellent stone. Cuts very fast and dishes super slow. Leaves a nice toothy edge. A good place to stop on most kitchen knives.
Shapton number 2 and once again a winner. Cuts nice and quickly leaving behind a nice toothy edge. Splash and go so no need to soak. Dishes very slowly and leaves a good working edge.