For those seeking an extremely high quality sharpening surface, the Shapton Ceramic Water Stones meet the needs of even the most discerning sharpener.
The Shapton Professional Stones use very accurately graded ceramic abrasives for fast sharpening. This stone is considered a ceramic waterstone. Unlike older styles of waterstones that require soaking prior to use, the Shapton Professional stones require only a spray of water prior to use. The binder that holds the abrasives together allows the stone to reveal new abrasive material. Made in Japan.
Shapton Pro Dimensions
This stone measures 210MM x 70MM x 15MM. This converts to approximately 8 1/4" x 2 3/4" x 5/8". These stones provide a good overall size for sharpening, and they have the added benefit of being the thickest of the Shapton stones.
The Shapton Professional Series Stones are often called the Shapton Pro or the Shapton Traditional Stones. Each of these names refer to the same Shapton series of stones.
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Made in Japan.
Choose from the Following Grit Options:
Shapton White #120 - Extra Coarse
The Shapton White (#120) stone is formulated for quick steel removal. It can quickly sharpen chipped or pitted edges. The scratch pattern will be coarse but very consistent.
Shapton Moss #220 - Very Coarse
The Shapton Moss (#220) stone is formulated for quick steel removal in stainless and powder metals. It leaves a softer scratch pattern than the coarser #120.
Shapton Blue-Black #320 - Coarse
The Shapton Blue-Black (#320) stone is formulated to remove high-carbon steel with a much cleaner scratch pattern than the #120. This stone is a very good intermediate step before the #1000. The #320 retains its shape very well.
Shapton Orange #1000 - Medium/Coarse
The Shapton Orange (#1000) stone is a very popular intermediate stone. It can be used for moderate stock removal. This stone is good to use prior to polishing.
Shapton Blue #1500 - Medium
The Shapton Blue (#1500) is a slightly finer intermediate stone. It still has a reasonably fast stock removal rate yet still starts to polish the edge.
Shapton Green #2000 - Medium
The Shapton Green (#2000) stone is a very popular finer intermediate stone. It still has a reasonably fast stock removal rate yet still starts to polish the edge. It will turn a clean burr.
Shapton Wine #5000 - Fine
The Shapton Wine (#5000) stone is the first polishing stone. It can still remove some metal but is primary a polishing stone. It is more dense than most stones.
Shapton Melon #8000 - Very Fine
The Shapton Melon (#8000) is a very nice polishing stone. Shapton spent thousands of hours on research and development on this stone to make it perform up to their standard. It will leave a very fine polish with a microscopically fine scratch pattern.
Shapton Yellow #15000 - Extra Fine
The Shapton Yellow (#15000) was originally designed for fine woodworking tools requiring an extremely fine edge. It will leave a bright mirror finish. It is a serious polishing stone.
Shapton Purple #30000 - Micro Fine
The Shapton Purple (#30000) is a truly one of kind stone. Each stone is individually crafted, requiring more than 20 hours of processing. With a .48 micron particle size, the #30000 is the finest sharpening stone in the world.
Q. What grits are available in the Shapton Professional Series?
A. The Shapton Professional series has a wide range of grits. The stones are available in the following grits: 120, 220, 320, 1000, 1500, 2000, 5000, 8000, 15,000, and 30,000.
Q. Do I need a flattening stone or lapping plate for the Shapton Professional Series sharpening stones?
A. Yes, all waterstones require flattening. We recommend the Shapton Diamond Lapping Plate for 1,000 grit all the way up to the 30,000 grit. For the coarser stones (120, 220 and 320 grit), we recommend the DMT Dia-Flat Lapping Plate or the Shapton Lapping Powder.
Q. Do I need a stone holder?
A. No, you do not need to purchase an additional stone holder. All Shapton Professional Series stones come in a plastic box that serves as a base. However, if you would like an upgraded base, the Shapton Stone Holder is wonderful, but also an investment. For those seeking a sturdy, but more economical base alternative, the Universal Stone Holder accommodates the Shapton Professional Series stones.