Naniwa sharpening stones: when you only want the best
Naniwa sharpening stones are produced on a high and constant level. Naniwa does an extensive quality control in Japan. Naniwa has therefore been the top-brand for years and is very popular among sharpening enthusiasts.
There are three different series: the Combination-, Specialty-, and Professional-series. In this order, the stones are qualified as good-better-best.
Naniwa Professional sharpening stones
Naniwa Professional sharpening stones are the hardest Japanese waterstones. The wear is minimal, you can use them for many years. In addition, the stones hardly take any water. Wetting them for a brief moment is sufficient to get you started. Naniwa Professional is the successor of the well-known Chosera series.
Naniwa Specialty sharpening stones
Naniwa Specialty sharpening stones are the successor to the Naniwa Super stones. Just like the Professional series, they are very hard and hardly take any water. Wetting them for a brief moment is sufficient to get you started. The stones of the Specialty series are thinner and wear a little faster than the stones of the Professional series.
Sharpening with Naniwa Professional or Naniwa Specialty?
Naniwa Professional sharpening stones give some more 'slurry' than the Naniwa Specialty sharpening stones. This is a light-colored paste that arises during sharpening. With this paste, the knife slips over the stone more easily. It also gives the stone a finer grain. The results are even better. In short: the more slurry, the better the results.
Naniwa Combination sharpening stones
NNaniwa Combination sharpening stones are relatively soft. You immerse them in water first. After a few minutes they are engorged with water and ready for use. Naniwa Combination-sharpening stones have two grinding sides with different grain sizes. Very convenient, because you will have everything you need with just one stone! Choosing for this series is thus also a practical consideration. They are also a good choice if you want something cheaper. The Combination series is the successor to the Work series.
Naniwa sharpening accessories
Naniwa has convenient sharpening accessories. They help you before, during and after sharpening to get the most out of both your Naniwa-stones and your knives.