1x4 Naniwa 8K Snow White
The 1x4 Naniwa 8K Snow White stone makes your edges polished and sharp. Originally a stand-alone stone, it is another stone that should be included in the Chosera lineup but isn’t for some reason since it is the perfect stone to bridge the gap between the Naniwa Chosera 5K and 10K stones. The 8K Snow White is also a great finisher or can be used as a final stone before progressing to finer stone grits and strops.
This stone is 1" x 4" in size mounted to an aluminum blank with a total thickness of 5-6mm and used with water only. It works best when soaked in water for a minute or two before use. Let air dry and store dry when not in use.
Abrasive Material: Aluminum Oxide
Ideal place in a sharpening progression:
- Starting grit for routine maintenance on a dull but otherwise intact edge.
- After lower grit sharpening stones (2K - 6K grit)
- To bridge the gap between the Chosera 5K and Chosera 10K stones, or similar grits.
- Before progressing to a finer polishing grit stone (10K+ grit)
- Before progressing to strops and emulsions (2 micron and finer)
The Naniwa 8K Snow White works on almost all types of knives, scissors, tools and chisels, including those made with abrasion resistant steels. While the 1x4 size is meant for use with the KME Sharpener, it is also a great size for a slip stone, field stone or a pocket stone for knife repairs and sharpening on the go, or to remove unwanted burrs.
This is a waterstone, and is be used with water only, but can be used in conjunction with oil stones (such as Norton India and other carborundum and Arkansas stones) if the blade is wiped clean before and after switching stone types. They can also be used in a mix and match progression with other synthetic and natural sharpening stones, as well with other brands such as Naniwa, Shapton, Sigma, Suehiro, Imanishi, Spyderco, King, etc.
On More Traditional Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel Edges, the Naniwa 8K Snow White stone works on steels between RC 52 and RC 65 on the Rockwell C Hardness scale. On softer end steels such as X50CrMoV15, AUS6, 440B, and most stainless steels used by many kitchen knife makers like Henckels, Wüsthof, Gunter Wilhelm, F Dick, Victorinox, etc., this stone establishes a mirror finish slicing edge that is around the maximum ideal refinement level for many of these softer end steels.
On the higher end of the hardness spectrum of traditional steel edges made with steels like 1095, 52100, 440C, Aogami White, Shirogami Blue, O1, W1, etc. The Naniwa 8K Snow White brings out a brighter mirrored slicing edge which can be used as a working sharp edge, or one ready for more refinement.
On Carbide Forming Steel and More Abrasion Resistant Steel Edges such as VG-10, D2, M2, S35V, S90V, etc., The Naniwa 8K Snow White is a polishing stone that leaves a shiny finish with a smooth slicing edge. The edge can be used as is or be further refined with stropping or finer grit stones.
Hacks and Tips:
- Use a moderate amount of water when sharpening with this stone to avoid the black swarf from turning into a thick paste.
- If using this stone as a final grit, keep the black swarf viscous and it will produce a slightly more refined edge and bring out more of a mirror finish.
- Lap this stone with a coarse or fine diamond plate, silicon carbide (SiC) powder, or medium/fine grit (220-400) wet dry sand paper to keep it consistently flat and clean.
Comparable Stones: Jende 8K SPK, Shapton 8K