Posted By: ChrisFive years ago I bought a ~20 dollar stone holder. It was such garbage: bad grip, ruined the edges of my stones. It left such a bad taste in my mouth that I rejected stone holders all together: instead using wet towels and rubber sheets..
Relatively recently, I decided to give the Shapton stone holder a try. Wow. Now that's a stone holder. Looks great, performs even better. The weight and grip of this stone holder so incredible, I can put the holder on a wet, slippery glass backing angled at 25 degrees and this thing still locks in like a strong magnet, without moving even a mm. Clearance for knife handles and knuckles is also superb (especially handy for sharpening smaller knives).
I love this thing and am seriously considering buying a spare one.
Made in Japan.
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