1x4 Naniwa Chosera 800 Grit
1x4 Naniwa Chosera Stones for the KME Sharpener
The 1x4 Naniwa Chosera 800 Grit stone is a coarse stone used for initial maintenance and light repairs on your edges, as well as for lighter profiling. More of a "coarse 1K", it has more aggression than most 1K stones yet leaves a basic and functional work sharp edge with a little extra tooth. This stone also cleans up deeper factory scratches, makes transitioning from diamond plates and stones easier and cleaner, and is a good foundation stone before progressing to finer grits.
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 following a factory angle edge and for lighter profiling.
- Starting grit for light repair and maintenance of an already sharpened but dull edge.
- After any diamond grit plate or stone to remove the deeper diamond scratches.
- After lower grit sharpening stones (120, 220, 320, 400, 600 grit)
- After coarse belt grinder grits (60, 80, 100, 120, 220, A65, A30 Trizact grit)
- Before progressing to a finer and/or upper medium grit stone (1K - 4K grit)
The 800 Grit Naniwa Chosera sharpening stone 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.
This stone can also be used in a mix and match progression with other synthetic and natural sharpening stones as well as with other brands, such as Shapton, Sigma, Suehiro, Imanishi, Spyderco, King, etc. Naniwa Choseras are Waterstones 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.
On More Traditional Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel Edges, the 800 Chosera stone works on steels between RC 52 and RC 65 on the Rockwell C Hardness scale. It excels 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. The solid stone matrix and aggressive 800 grit makes quick work of establishing an edge and preparing it for further refinement or leaving a basic working sharp edge.
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 Chosera 800 removes any surface rust, reestablishes the bevel and edges leaving an even and consistent finish. The slightly harder makeup of this stone allows for more pressure to be used in order to get some work done without the worry of the stone dishing so fast.
On Carbide Forming Steel and More Abrasion Resistant Steel Edges such as VG-10, D2, M2, S35V, S90V,etc., The Chosera 800 stone still removes matrix steel and carbides without much problem and is best utilized for removing and cleaning up diamond plate or belt sander scratches to prep the edge for a more even surface before going to finer grits. The edge this stone leaves a lot of tooth in the edge that can be used as is or stropped to give a little extra kick to that aggressiveness.
Hacks and Tips:
- For a more aggressive stone, create a slurry by rubbing the stone’s surface with a smaller 800 Chosera stone, or a coarse or extra coarse diamond plate and some water. The slurry will be creamy white.
- Use a moderate amount of water when sharpening with this stone to avoid the black swarf from turning into a thick paste. A cleaner surface will cut faster than a thicker pasted one.
- If using this stone as a final grit, keep the black swarf viscous and it will produce a slightly more refined edge.
- Lap this stone with a coarse or extra coarse diamond plate, silicon carbide (SiC) powder, or low grit wet dry sand paper to keep it consistently flat and clean.
Comparable Stones: Jende 1K SPK, Shapton 1K
Alternative Economic Level Stones: King 800