For the knife aficionado, a good sharpening stone is a staple. The Shapton 220 glass sharpening stone is especially hard and dense, making it fast-cutting, aggressive, and slow to wear. It comes glass plated, and the stone can be used until it reaches the glass plating, so you can reap the full benefits of the material. This stone is a splash-and-go, so you only need to splash a small amount of water onto the stone before you start sharpening. It dries quickly, so there's little waste produced in the sharpening process.
As with every water-stone, Shapton glass stones require lapping (flattening) to maintain the sharpening surface in proper shape. They do not need to be soaked in water; simply splash some on and start sharpening.
As with all water hones, Shapton water-stones do wear concave with use and require periodic re-flattening.
Dimensions: 2.75" x 8.25" (210 mm x 70 mm)
Made in Japan
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I sharpen knives by hand professionally so a good coarse stone is crucial to my sharpening setup. The 220 grit stone excels at removing metal, even from the hardest knives, quickly. It is great for thinning and resetting bevels. Like all Shapton Glass stones, it can be used right up until you wear it down so thin that the glass that it is adhered to is exposed. It dishes slowly and is easy to keep flat. I love my Shapton Glass products.