Sharpening stones are important to creating the sharp edge of your chef’s knife. Suppose you are new to this topic, then here are some essentials to look and understand it clearly.

Different Types of the Sharpening Stones

Oil stones

It is one kind of stone that is regularly found in back shed or in hardware store. They generally tend to be coarse stones though in some countries finer grades of the oilstones are accessible. Visit the website and see more how it works? 

Diamond stones or diamond plates

The diamond sharpening stones have become quite popular due to their capability of cutting fast. We generally tend not to suggest diamond sharpening stones or plates because there can be huge damage done quickly. Diamonds are very sharp and leave very deep scratches in its blade that have to get polished very aggressively. The diamond stones are used with & without lubricant.


Natural stones

The natural stones were used once in abundance in Europe and Japan. They’re the earliest type of the sharpening stones; sadly most of these mines are now closed in Japan.  Sharpening on the good quality of natural stone is the real joy, there’s ethereal satisfaction when using ancient to create the sharp edge on your modern knife. The natural stones have the random grit size, which gives the long lasting edge. Generally, random grits make different sizes of the micro-serration in your blade, which wears down at the different rate, thus, longer edge retention. No matter whether it’s true or not we like natural stone, particularly for the sharpening tradition Japanese knives.

Ceramic sharpening stones

The ceramic sharpening stones actually were early replacement for the natural stones. Unluckily, there are vast differences in quality of the ceramic stones so you need to be careful. Some are very soft & dish out quickly and some are very hard they generally tend to glaze in a hurry. The ceramic stones require the good soaking for over 10 and more minutes and saturate pores of this stone before use.

Synthetic sharpening stones

We have seen that synthetic water stones are actually becoming very popular. The synthetic sharpening stones generally are made from white fused grit that gets suspended in resin. And some synthetics need the brief soaking of water before use whereas others only need splash of water & are very good to go. Also, there are various stones in the category that depends on whether you want the soft or firm feel.

Make Sure You Use Right tools

There’s the vast difference in quality of the sharpening stones in the market. Only because he sharpening stone gets stamped with a name of the famous brand it doesn’t mean it can live up to your knives quality.