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 8K stone is a great stone to progress to after the 5K 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 stones measure 8.25” x 2.75” each.
I have the complete line and unless ur going for the uber shine 8k stone is my stopping place. This thing polishes and puts the final cut on the edge that makes it perfect couldt live or sharpen without it. Espically cpm154
By: ward c.
Hard to beat the shapton 8000 fine polish stone. Doesnt clog or dry up and leaves a finer scratch patten than other 8000 man made stones I have. The resign base ceramic matrix of course make it feels more artififial than other non ceramic made stones...so the slurry is less natural and the feedback different..but makes fast work of polishing my japanese plans and chisels.
Quick cutting,smooth,leaves a nice finish. Works great after a 1000.