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  Takenoko 8000x Polishing WaterStone w/wood base

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Takenoko 8000x WaterStone
This stone was quite a find that immediately made it's way into my sharpening kit.
This is a great stone in the quality of edge it provides. If you like an edge that bites then this is the stone for you. I find it cuts very fast yet isn't aggressive and it has such a great feeling, providing feedback, and making the sharpening experience more pleasurable. This stone will allow you to skip the use of many coarse and medium grit stones thus reducing your sharpening times without reducing quality of your end result.
The Takenoko is made from synthetic grit abrasive and a natural clay mixture.

From my own testing I believe this stone to be the same as the Arashiyama 6k

The Takenoko could easily be used as your last stone in your sharpening progression, works great following the Suehiro Rika 5k
Stone comes mounted on sturdy wooden base.

Does not require pre-soaking, just splash water on and go to work.
Size - 210 x 72 x 23mm

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

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reliable vendor November 1, 2013
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Nanuet, NY United States  
fast service and good price. excellent stone for sharpening woodworking tools

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Nice stone to finish up on September 13, 2012
Reviewer: James L. from Fresh Meadows, NY  
I've been using the Takenoko as a finishing stone for all of my knives. The stone is extremely smooth, cleans up previous scratches quickly and has better feedback than my other 6-8k range stone.

It leaves a very near mirror finish and a refined edge with some bite, making it perfect finisher for a gyuto or a petty.

The stone is splash and go and will need a few drops of water every now and then to keep the mud moist while sharpening. A word of caution, do not let the mud dry up while you're sharpening. This has happened to me on a few occasions and with a few passes over the dried mud/swarf, the mixture gets welded to the surface of the stone and is a bit difficult to remove. If this happens, a flattening stone is your best friend.

overall, I like this stone very much. Keep it moist and it'll do wonders

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Great to use - and fantastic for ginsanko September 12, 2012
Reviewer: Len from Richmond Hill, ON Canada  
The Takenoko is one of my favorite stones to use when touching up the edges on my carbon steel knives. There's good tactile feedback from the stone. My edges are quite refined while still being practical for general use knives like gyuto and nakiri.

The biggest surprise I found with the Takenoko was on two of my ginsanko single bevel knives. I didn't want to take those knives down to my coarse 500 grit stone, but I had a bear of a time trying to kick up a burr with my Bester 1.2k and Superstone 1k. Out of frustration, I thought I'd try my Rika 5k and SS 3k to see what would happen. As expected, not much happened. On a total long-shot with the Takenoko, those two knives kicked up burrs *really* easy!

I don't know what it is about the stone that does the trick, but for my ginsanko knives I know I can't do without my Takenoko.

Good feel, good results, what's not to like?

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Awesome finisher for the price September 12, 2012
Reviewer: David Williard from Carrboro, NC United States  
By putting a smooth polish that still has enough tooth to give good feedback when cutting tomatoes and other delicate fruits and veggies, the Takenoko delivers excellent results.  It's easy to keep level and I find it works best if you first use a nagura to generate a little bit of mud.  If you aren't careful it's fairly easy to gouge this stone if you sharpen with a pushing motion, but otherwise this stone is incredibly user-friendly.  The results are fantastic, and I find that a quick stropping on felt after using this stone gives my double-beveled knives all the keenness and polish I could want.

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Great 6000x March 30, 2010
Reviewer: Scott from Las Vegas, NV United States  
This is a great 6000x stone. Thank you Dave for finding this one. It cuts efficiently smoothing scratches from courser stones, and creates a finish that is just as fine as some other 8000x. When sharpening low RC knives for my in-laws I even jumped from the Beston 500 to it. I have been using it for some time now and really enjoy the feel/feedback it provides; it is so satisfying when I get to this stone in the progression. I use this stone as the last stone for some knives or follow it with the JKS 10000 and the edges are awesome. Simply a must have.

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