Knife sharpening & maintenance
Japanese sharpening stones: traditionally speaking the sharpest choice
Sharpening knives has become a true art form in the Japanese culture. For this reason they know exactly what type of tools you need to end up with razor-sharp knives. It is therefore not surprising that the best sharpening stones come from Japan.
Enthusiasts and sharpening experts can use Japanese whetstones to keep their knives in great shape, always! Want to learn more about these stones? Read about the benefits of Japanese water stones.
In most cases a sharpening stone is comprised of sharpening grains and a binding agent. The grains have cutting edges which enables them to sharpen your knife. As soon as a whetstone is used little pieces of the grains break off, revealing a new cutting edge. The higher the number, the finer the grain. Stones with coarse grains (up to grain 400) can be used to shape the blade of a blunt knife. You can subsequently take care of the fine finish with a stone with a smaller grain.
A Japanese whetstones should always be used with water. Some stones merely need to be submerged in water while others need to soak in the water for a couple of minutes. While you are sharpening your knives a small layer of water should be left on the stone.