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 5K stone is a great stone to progress to after the 2K because of the further refining of the edge it will achieve. These stones measure 8.25” x 2.75” each.
Shapton Pro Stones are top notch stones available to us US citizens. No soaking and cuts extremely fast with no loading. What else do you want from a stone.
The Shapton Pro 5000 grit stone is a light,compact,and easy to carry high quality "splash and go" sharpening stone that comes in a in a protective case. It works great in combination with the Shapton Pro 1,000 or 1,5000 grit stones. You can use it for minor edge repair and to maintain a sharp edge. When combined with the Shapton Pro 1,000 grit stone,it is a fantastic "one-two" punch portable sharpening solution for knife kits. A perfect addition to knife kits for culinary students and chefs alike.
Number 3 on the list and once again does not fail to impress. Once again cuts very quickly and leaves behind a crisp edge with still good bite to it. Splash and go so always a plus. Dishes really slowly so no need to constantly flatten.