Shapton Pro Stones
The colourful Shapton Pro sharpening stones are in Japan also known as Shapton Ha-No-Kuromaku. These particular sharpening stones are the thickest made by Shapton, with a thickness of 15 mm. As is common for Shapton the stones are uniform in terms of structure, with evenly divided ceramic grain particles. This ensures that you will always have even results. Because the stones are relatively hard, they quickly remove material enabling them to stay in great shape even longer.
This Shapton Pro Stone is delivered in a blue plastic case, matching the colour of the stone itself. This case is not only great to store your stone in. After all, the case has edges with plenty of room for the stone. As such you can also use the case as a base while sharpening your knives. The non-skid feet attached to the case will prevent the case from sliding when you sharpen your knife. Finally, ventilation holes have been added in order for you to store your sharpening stone without ever having to worry about it. Even when the stone is still a little wet. Details that truly make a difference.
Using the Shapton Pro Stones
Each Shapton Pro sharpening stone works with a splash & go concept: cover the stone with a little bit of water and you are ready to get to work. You will immediately notice that the stone quickly removes any material. As such you will gets results quickly without wearing out the stone. Don’t submerge the stone. It simply won’t do it any good. The same applies to exposing it to high temperatures, boiling or soapy water.
Clean the stone after using it with water and allow it to dry. Try not to speed up the process with a fan or heater, but simply give the stone the time to dry thoroughly. When it is dry you can put it back into its case.
When you use the knife frequently it will, over the course of time, hollow out a bit. Fortunately you can easily fix this problem using a lapping plate.