This kit is optimized to re-edge and finish Japanese style double bevel knives.
(1) Bernal Cutlery Takarazukushi 1200 Blue Marble Semi-Soft Ceramic Japanese Whetstone
(1) Bernal Cutlery Takarazukushi 4000 Grit Yellow Semi-Hard Resinoid Japanese Whetstone
Bernal Cutlery Takarazukushi ceramic stones are made in Japan with alumina and zircon abrasive particles that are baked with ceramics creating a fused porous stone. Harder Takarazukushi stones tend to cut deeper and faster than the semi-soft stones on double bevel knives made with wear resistant steels. Semi-soft Takarazukushis stones cut wide bevels very nicely and leave shallower easier to finish scratches than the harder stones however both hard and semi-soft work on both.
Bernal Cutlery Takarazukushi resinoid or resin bonded stones are semi-soft in that they generates mud easily without the use of a nagura or flattener for a fast cutting action on a variety of steels. The Takarazukushi 4000 is a super versatile finisher; really great for hard, high-carbon stainless steels and carbon steels alike or as a fast pre-polish for knives that will get an extra fine synthetic or natural stone polish. They are sspecially effective for knives that benefit from a bit of extra bite in their polish. Resinoid stones should not be left to soak indefinitely and should be allowed to dry outside of sun and wind exposure and not allowed to freeze when wet.
Ceramic stones will not come apart with longer soaking periods (although water should be changed). Resinoid stones should not be left to soak indefinitely, and both should be allowed to dry outside of sun and wind and not allowed to freeze wet.
(1) Chromium Oxide Stropping Compound - 50ml bottle
Progressive gradient sub micron to several micron blend Japanese made chromium oxide compound in a water based paste. Easier to apply than hard bars made for buffing wheels and a much richer concentration than ingots or watery solutions. This mix of chromium oxide has variety of abrasive particles formulated for the sole purpose of deburring steel. Just aggressive enough to de-burr without aggressive abrading. The polishing action of this compound is enhanced with the smallest commercially available size. It has nice adhesion without being greasy. This has been our favorite paste for de-burring from fine Japanese stones in our busy sharpening service.
(1) Rubberized cork strop
Rubberized cork with recycled rubber base for use with polishing compounds. 14" x 3" long and 3/8” thick with taller base for extra height and slip resistance.
It successfully de-burrs and enhances the finished polish; finely honing the work of the fine synthetic or natural stones.
Since this strop is rubberized, it can be cleaned with soap and water if it accidentally gets greasy in a kitchen or to remove unwanted or spent abrasive. We have been using these strops for over 10 years and find they typically last us at least 5 years in our busy sharpening workshop stropping at least 50 knives daily each.
When used with paste compounds, let the compound fully dry before stropping. A small amount should be spread thinly over the strop and cover most of the strop face; re-apply a smaller amount over spent abrasive, a little goes a long way!