Posted By: AndyI've been using this stone for the past 11+ years, purchased from this website. I'm a cook at a Japanese restaurant and my stone still has so much life left. I feel like at the rate I'm sharpening my knives and how durable this stone is, this stone will last me my lifetime.
The cutting power is very good, it feels almost like a 1k King stone but the material of the stone does not wear as fast as a King. Out of this, King, Naniwa, and a random Japanese natural whetstone, I've come to prefer this stone as my go-to.
For every chef or cook out there, this stone is a great all-around stone for touching up your knives. I use only one stone, this stone, as all my knives have the correct bevel already set. Very simple and fast sharpening sessions and very predictable results.
To any new cooks looking to build up their kit, I highly recommend investing in this stone as your primary stone, a DMT diamond stone to surface flatten this Shapton and a rubber whetstone holder. Honestly that's all you need, and most likely all you'll ever need for your lifetime - unless you mess up your stone by user error.
To experienced cooks and chefs, I'd highly recommend asking around to see if you could try this whetstone out from fellow chefs. Definitely recommended if your current stone isn't giving you consistent results.
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