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  Kitayama 8000x Polishing WaterStone w/wood base & nagura

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Kitayama 8000x WaterStone
Here's one of my favorites, the Kitayama 8000x. I think I've been using one of these just about as long as I've been hand sharpening. I've often tried to reduce my kit by removing this stone but it always comes back as I find myself missing it. For starters it has the best feeling during use of any waterstone that I've ever used, a pure pleasure to work with. This isn't a very aggressive stone like other 8000x stones though, it's more a stone that I see as a finishing stone and this is important to note. I've come to find that it's best used following other 8000x stones rather than coming directly from medium stones (like you would normally) as it does not perform as a standalone 8k. I like to use this stone after other 8000-10000x stones and find this is where it performs it's best as it's results can be compared with 10000x-12000x stones. I think that in this regard this stone is not used by most people and as a result often misunderstood. I don't think I could be without my Kitayama 8000x.
*Best Used - After 10k stones
Stone comes mounted on sturdy wooden base.
Nagura stone included.
Use the nagura stone to refine and smooth the stone's surface after flattening/lapping sessions to bring out the true potential of the stone. Also can be used to clean glazing from the stone's surface. Do not use to build a slurry or paste (a big time no-no) as nagura stones are much coarser than this 8000x stone it's being used on and this coarse grit will only serve to dull your knife. Rinse stone after using nagura.
The Kitayama 8000x does not require pre-soaking, just splash water on and go to work.
Size - 205 x 75 x 25mm
*Note - There are some dealers, for whatever reason, listing this same stone as a 12000x but that is incorrect as there is no such stone.

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 12 Write a review.

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Nice stone July 30, 2015
Reviewer: Walt from Cincinnati, OH United States  
Good stone, good price,fast shipping. Very pleased.

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Kitayama 8000x Polishing WaterStone July 4, 2015
Reviewer: David Roberts from Texas, United States  
This is my first time to use Japanese Knife Sharpening Store and it was a fantastic, pain-free, no problems, online shopping experience.  Very fast shipment, 3 days IIRC, and very well packaged.  I mean extremely well packaged.  Stones can crack, chip or otherwise become damaged during shipment.  This stone would have survived even the most aggressive delivery system/driver!  I'm quite impressed.  The box and contents arrived picture perfect.  Excellent value for the price, which included a nagura stone and wood base, just as advertised.  In brand new, perfect condition. Very satisfied with JKSS and would highly recommend them to anyone in the market for a true professional seller with an outstanding product line selection.  The stone fits perfectly into my sharpening regime for woodworking edge tools, leaving a fine polish.  It deserves all the praise it has received in other reviews.  Thanks

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Nagura stone clarification question June 8, 2015
Reviewer: John Foster from Fort Collins, CO United States  
Hi - I feel a bit of confusion here. I've been hand sharpening using waterstones for about 7 years now. Mostly on japanese chisels and western plane blades. This is the 1st time I've ever read to "not" use the Nagura for creating a slurry. I've always been under the impression (from many in the field) that this was the purpose of the Nagura. Can you please clarify this for me?


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Great stone April 17, 2015
Reviewer: Ben F from Seattle, WA United States  

The Kiyayama 8000x is so smooth your knife feels like it's sharpening itself. I use the stone to sharpen VG-10 and also  various carbon steels.I am pleased with th eend result.

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Excellent Finisher April 16, 2015
Reviewer: SG from San Francisco Bay, United States  
My first real stone was a king combination stone with 1200 and 8000 grit sides.  For a long time, despite adding other stones to the mix, that King 8000 was my only reference for finishing stones.  On recommendation I tried the Kitayama ...and it is an entirely different beast - in a good way.  Comparatively it provides better feedback and a more polished edge.  I've used it for light finishing on some kitchen knives after a Rika, and I've used it following the King 8000 on straight razors.   I use it mostly splash and go, and  have been very satisfied with the results I get with it.

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