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Knife Sharpening Tutorial

A step by step walkthrough on the basics of knife sharpening. 

Whetstone Basics - Sharpening with Seisuke Part 1

Beginning to Sharpen - Sharpening with Seisuke Part 3

Sharpening the Other Side - Sharpening with Seisuke Part 5

Moving to a Higher Grit - Sharpening with Seisuke Part 7

Setting Up - Sharpening with Seisuke Part 2

Creating the Burr - Sharpening with Seisuke Part 4

Removing the Burr - Sharpening with Seisuke Part 6

Choosing a Whetstone

If you are just getting into the world of knife sharpening it is important to understand the differences of stones and how to choose the right one for your knife.


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Ceramic vs Traditional vs Natural

There are three main types of water stones: ceramic stones, traditional compressed stones and natural stones. Ceramic stones are made to be hard and wear slowly with use. These are great if you see yourself doing a lot of sharpening and purchasing multiple stones in various grits.

The more traditional stones wear down fairly quickly and require regular resurfacing. These are often available as two sided stones, either as coarse and medium or medium and fine. Traditional stones are also more affordable for someone who just wants to touch up their knives every once in a while.

Natural stones are stones mined from a quarry and vary in grit, size and price. These are stones that take some understanding to care for and can be very expensive. We recommend natural stones for experienced users.

Ceramic Whetstones - Recommended for Harder steels (Blue Super Steel, R2/SG2, SRS13, ZDP 189 ect.)

Suehiro CERAX 1010  Ceramic Medium Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro CERAX 1010  Ceramic Medium Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro CERAX 1010  Ceramic Medium Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro CERAX 1010  Ceramic Medium Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 - Seisuke Knife

Suehiro CERAX 1010 Ceramic Medium Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000

$69.00
Shapton Kuromaku Series Medium Sharpening Stone Orange - #1000 - Seisuke Knife
Shapton Kuromaku Series Medium Sharpening Stone Orange - #1000 - Seisuke Knife
Shapton Kuromaku Series Medium Sharpening Stone Orange - #1000 - Seisuke Knife
Shapton Kuromaku Series Medium Sharpening Stone Orange - #1000 - Seisuke Knife

Shapton Kuromaku Series Medium Sharpening Stone Orange - #1000

$79.00
Suehiro CERAX 6060 Ceramic Fine Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #6000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro CERAX 6060 Ceramic Fine Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #6000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro CERAX 6060 Ceramic Fine Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #6000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro CERAX 6060 Ceramic Fine Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #6000 - Seisuke Knife

Suehiro CERAX 6060 Ceramic Fine Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #6000

$109.00
Shapton Kuromaku Series Fine Sharpening Stone Enji - #5000 - Seisuke Knife
Shapton Kuromaku Series Fine Sharpening Stone Enji - #5000 - Seisuke Knife
Shapton Kuromaku Series Fine Sharpening Stone Enji - #5000 - Seisuke Knife
Shapton Kuromaku Series Fine Sharpening Stone Enji - #5000 - Seisuke Knife

Shapton Kuromaku Series Fine Sharpening Stone Enji - #5000

$109.00
Naniwa Ceramic Medium Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #1000 - Seisuke Knife
Naniwa Ceramic Medium Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #1000 - Seisuke Knife
Naniwa Ceramic Medium Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #1000 - Seisuke Knife
Naniwa Ceramic Medium Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #1000 - Seisuke Knife

Naniwa Ceramic Medium Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #1000

$149.00

Traditional Whetstones - Recommended for softer steels 

King Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #6000 - Seisuke Knife
King Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #6000 - Seisuke Knife
King Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #6000 - Seisuke Knife

King Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #6000

$79.00
Suehiro Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife

Suehiro Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #3000

$49.00
King Two Sided Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #800 & #6000 - Seisuke Knife
King Two Sided Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #800 & #6000 - Seisuke Knife
King Two Sided Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #800 & #6000 - Seisuke Knife
King Two Sided Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #800 & #6000 - Seisuke Knife

King Two Sided Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #800 & #6000

$69.00
Suehiro Medium Sharpening Stone -  #1000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro Medium Sharpening Stone -  #1000 - Seisuke Knife

Suehiro Medium Sharpening Stone - #1000

$39.00
Suehiro Two Sided SMALL Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro Two Sided SMALL Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro Two Sided SMALL Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife

Suehiro Two Sided SMALL Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 & #3000

$34.00

Double Sided Whetstones - Recommended for Beginner Sharpeners

King Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #6000 - Seisuke Knife
King Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #6000 - Seisuke Knife
King Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #6000 - Seisuke Knife

King Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #6000

$79.00
Suehiro Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife

Suehiro Two Sided Sharpening Stone - #1000 & #3000

$49.00
King Two Sided Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #800 & #6000 - Seisuke Knife
King Two Sided Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #800 & #6000 - Seisuke Knife
King Two Sided Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #800 & #6000 - Seisuke Knife
King Two Sided Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #800 & #6000 - Seisuke Knife

King Two Sided Sharpening Stone with Plastic Base - #800 & #6000

$69.00
Suehiro Two Sided SMALL Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro Two Sided SMALL Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro Two Sided SMALL Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife

Suehiro Two Sided SMALL Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 & #3000

$34.00
Suehiro Two Sided MINI Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro Two Sided MINI Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife
Suehiro Two Sided MINI Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 & #3000 - Seisuke Knife

Suehiro Two Sided MINI Sharpening Stone with Rubber Base - #1000 & #3000

$30.00

Stone Grit

Stone grits can be separated into three main categories: coarse, medium and fine.

Coarse stones will range in grit size from around 100 to 600 grit. Medium stones can vary anywhere from around 700 to 2000 grit. Fine stones will be from 3000 grit and up.

The state of your edge and steel type will determine which stones you will want to use when sharpening.

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