Types of Sharpening Stones and How to Use Them

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This is part two of our video series where we demonstrate the various sharpening techniques and tools essential to properly maintain your knives. In this video, we focus on the types of sharpening stones and how to use them. Specifically, we’ll demonstrate and explain the different grits of stones we carry at Chubo and how to use them to correctly sharpen your knives.

Video Transcription

Today we're going to discuss the type of stones we carry here at the Chubo. Here we have a coarse 220 grit stone. Coarse grit stones usually range from 220 to 500 rough stone. They're excellent for repairs and chips on your knife. They also help to speed things up when you're trying to sharpen the knife and create a bar quickly.

If you sharpen a lot of knives at once, and they're all fairly dull, a 220 grit stone makes quick work of that and helps you progress a little quicker to the next stone--which is usually a 1,000 medium grit stone. The 1000 grit stone is going to start to refine the edge from the edge you left from the 220 grit and start polishing about any of those little nicks—get the edge going—get the furrow.

After you do that with the 1000 stone, usually the next step is a 6000 finishing stone. This will polish the knife, it’ll refine the edge, and again make it an even sharper.

Our sharpening stones come with a stone dresser, which will help build a slurry on the stone, create a little bit of mud, and to just refine the edge even more.

Two in One Sharpening Stones

We also carry a convenient two in one stone. This is a one thousand/six thousand grit sharpening stone. You could soak in the water about five to ten minutes or until the bubble stops. It's convenient if you're on the go— if you're a chef working a professional kitchen you don't have to lug around two stones at once you have this two in one here. So it's just a little bit more convenient.

Eventually after sharpening on sharpening stones these synthetic stones will tend to dish or concave a little bit. To address that problem, we have a stone fixer. And what that's going to do is going to keep the stone level and flat and just give you a more consistent edge on your knife.

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We hope you enjoyed this insightful video on the different types of sharpening stones and how to use them. If you’re looking to hone your sharpening skills, check out our professional line of sharpening stones and Japanese knives.

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