The Japanese water stones are considered to be one of the top ranked in the globe and perhaps the reason for that is the following- the Japanese have been using only natural sharpening stones and they lubricate it with water, not oil. Because if lubricated with oil, the result will be times less effective. Japan is a great manufacturer of water stones as even its land is made for this purposes – the land is made up of stones that include silicate particles and are surrounded by clay. The Japanese system is to combine natural water stones with usual ones. As they are synthetic, they are of course softer but in no case it is a disadvantage. On the contrary, it is a huge plus as the sharpening process goes better and smoother. Also being soft means being not loaded with the knife or any item one decides to sharpen. Apart from all these pros, there is one more – when the water stone wears down, new particles expose and the stone can keep performing the same excellent job. Softness, water and material it is made of- are 3 main key factors for extraordinary sharpening and polishing.

The Japanese quality speaks for itself and, therefore, more and more people are searching exactly for Japanese water stone brands. But the problem is that there are so many of them. Plus different models serve for different purposes and needs. That’s why we have made a research where we analyzed everything in details and came into the conclusion of the below-mentioned 4 best Japanese water stones.

 

Shun Combination Whetstone

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The name of this water stone includes the word Combination in it. It means that it is dual-sided. From the one side, the stone is orange and with 300-grit, but from the other side it is blue with 1000-grit. This type of whetstone will not only sharpen and hone your knives to factory sharpness but will also be a great accessory in any kitchen. The grits vary from medium to rough and to get the best performance one needs to lubricate it with water as during the process as while cleaning. The Combination Whetstone is of a compact size and consequently will not take much place. Customers rated it as 4.8 out of 5.0 stars.

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Kotobuki King K-80 Combo

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This water stone is also dual-sided and on the one side it is with 250-grit while on the other 1000-grit. The grits serve for different purposes. For example, the 250-grit coarse side is especially designed to remove knicks whereas the 1000-grit fine side serves as a polishing tool. This sharpener can be used when dealing not only with such knives as for fruits or sushi but also samurai swords can be sharpened with it. The size of the Kotobuki King isn’t big (8” by 2” by 1” inches) and, therefore, will save you a lot of space. This particular water stone has got 4.6 out of 5.0 stars. Having a water stone as a sharpener means controlling the process – this is the reason for them to be so popular.

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Norton 24336 Japanese-Style Combination Waterstone

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This model of water stone is again dual-sided. One its side maintains and refines (4000-grit) and another side polishes the edges (8000-grit). The measurements are not very big, to be precise 1” by 8” by 3” inches. When not used, different knives and other cookery tools can be placed on it. Also when sharpening a knife, the plastic-hinged box (it comes in) can serve as a holder. 114 customers have reviewed Norton 24336 and rated it as 4.4 out of 5.0 stars.

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Kai Japanese Professional Knife Sharpening Stone

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This sharpening stone is of a beautiful grey color and also it is a combination whetstone. One side is with 1000-grit and another one 240-grit. This Professional sharpener can sharpen knives at the most extreme sharpness that is suitable for cutting fruits, sushi etc. Therefore, they are often chosen by chefs and other professionals. Even Samurai swords can be sharpened with Kai Japanese Professional Sharpener. Measurements are the following – 7” by2” by 11/2”. Customers rated it as 4.4 out of 5.0 stars.

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