Coarse synthetic whetstones: a comparison

After the great success of the three 1k grit stones written by Carlos, we decided to combine our thoughts and stones into another stone comparison. This time, we will review some coarse synthetic stones, as many people are (still) searching for the ultimate low grit stone (fast cutting, good feedback and dish resistant). Of coarse (see what we did there…) this such a stone is a myth, but we hope that this guide will help people to make an informed decision.

The criteria used to compare the stones are some of the characteristics that define a good or bad whetstone. Keep in mind that much of this is subjective and that no rigorous scientific experiments have be done to compare these stones . We will try to give each stones a 1-10 mark with 10 being the best and 1 the worst, but again, this is very subjective and dependent on every person’s reference point. Also, these ratings are only compared to the other stones tested in a specific group, and cannot be used to compare these stones with stones that have a different purpose (e.g. polishing stones).

This review is written by Carlos (KKF handle: valgard, IG: cev_valgard), Otto (Toishigram) and Peter.

King 300, picture courtesy of Otto
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New arrivals: one knife and some stones

The end of 2018 was an exciting time for me, if we are talking Japanese knives and stones. Earlier in December 2018 I showed a couple of new arrivals, but December 2018 has proven to be an excellent month as a result of the following new arrivals.


In the knife department, I had a knife arrive that I eagerly awaited for a couple of months: a Fudo Kuniyuki fuguhiki, in a whopping 335mm length. The knife is brand new, as can be seen from the back of the knife, which has not been sharpened. However, the knife has been stored for quite some time, and developed a couple of (hopefully) superficial rust spots.

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A duo of kurouchi Kiyoshi Kato gyuto

There has been a lot of talk and controversy about kurouchi gyuto by Kiyoshi Kato recently. They were (and still are) being sold for over two thousand USD, and some people have questioned their cutting ability.

Being the lucky owner of two KU Katos, it seems to make sense to show how these knives cut, and speak a little bit about (the difference between) these knives.

Workhorse (top) and Standard (bottom)
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