For final fine honing the 8,000 grit stone leaves a mirror-like polished surface. This is the ultimate stone for those wanting the very sharpest edge. Overall dimensions are 205mm x 75mm x 25mm. This fine stone has a resin bond and needs just a quick spray with water before use.
BESTER waterstones, manufactured by Imanishi in Kyoto, Japan have almost become the standard with Japanese professional woodworkers. They feature a moderately strong bond that allows abrasive particles to release quickly, maintaining a fast cutting rate, yet resist wear better. These stones behave similarly to a natural stone, the feedback tells you how fast it is cutting. Tests have shown they abrade O1, A2 and M2 steels at a rapid rate and remain flat just as long as slower cutting stones with stronger bonds.
|Overall L x W x H||205 mm x 75 mm x 25 mm|
8 November 2014
Pleased with purchaseI had read that these stones felt slightly different and were somewhat harder than the natural water stones before i purchased this (and the 4000 grit) stone, this was indeed true. To me they don't feel quite so soft and smooth in operation and take a little longer to produce a slurry and cut but did produce a good mirror finish on a couple of knives, the backs of some chisels and a plane blade i worked on.