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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: 6 Write a review.

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Kitayama 8000x Polishing WaterStone February 7, 2015
Reviewer: Tim Iorio from Salinas, CA United States  
Good Stone. Works well polishing my Straight Razors

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Perfect Stone for a finishing touch November 8, 2012
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from San Diego, CA United States  
This stone has a great feel to it and produces the perfect finishing honing for my set of high end chisels.  Oh, and the service from JKSS was superb - it arrived within the same week of the order.

Highly recommended!

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Best finish stone I have ever used. November 5, 2012
Reviewer: Robert from Cottage Grove, OR United States  
This stone is amazing. After using it I can shave the hair on my arm with no problem.

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Search over September 19, 2012
Reviewer: Shane Kennedy from CHEYENNE, WY United States  
I have been looking for a stone to use after a 4k stone.  I didn't really want to go straight to 6k, like I probably should have.  But using this for the few times I have it gives just enough polish, and "teethy" enough for my liking.

I have yet to try to use the slurry, but will do soon.

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Yanagiba Final Polisher September 14, 2012
Reviewer: Rick Theory from S. Plainfield, NJ United States  
The Kitiyama is a bit of a mystery at first.  Some list it as 8k, others 12k.  Both can be right.  It can have a grit range of 8-12k. There are natural stone particles in it which break down as you sharpen and get finer producing a mix of grits in the 8-12k range. Which is great because it gives you almost a natural stone finish. This creates different size teeth which erode at different rates creating a longer lasting edge.

I found using a harder pressure at first to build up mud and then lighten up and work in the mud works best. Some let the mud dry on the surface and work in the powder.  Some use this stone dry while others go up to higher grits then drop back down to this stone.  All methods produce different, great results.

I also use this as a prepolisher for straight razors.  

It's a hard stone that leaves a bright and shiny finish with a slick but not running edge. It's a splash and go stone but I like to soak 5-10 minutes prior.  Do not permasoak this stone.

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