If you own or are thinking about buying some premium kitchen knives then knife maintenance should be on your mind. At this level you already have some sharpening skills and probably decent knife skills. You understand the benefits in terms of knife safety and particularly cutting results that can be achieved with ultra-sharp, high quality knives. Keeping your kitchen knives sharp is probably already part of your process, but many cooks only have a sharpening stone like a #1000 grit and maybe a repair stone like a #320 grit. The Suehiro Cerax whetstone #8000 is a pro level polishing stone that will elevate your knife edge from sharp to razor and help you to maintain your premium knives.
Polishing stones have a very fine scratch pattern that gives your knives that “like new” mirror shine. These stones refine the burr on your knives giving them ultra-fine teeth, which result in razor sharpness. If you have not been using a polishing stone as part of your sharpening process, then you have been skipping the final stage in the sharpening process and while you could stop at the sharpening stone level (#800-#3000) a polishing stone will almost certainly elevate your knives cutting capability to a professional level. The Suehiro Cerax whetstone #8000 is a premium polishing stone with very high-quality abrasive material and minimal bonding agents.
The Suehiro Cerax whetstone #8000 grit is a great stone for those looking to breathe new life back into their premium kitchen knives. This stone is not for repair work or re-setting the burr. We suggest using a #320 or #700 grit stone if you are looking to repair chips or other damage on your knife edge. #1000–#3000 grit stones are primarily used to re-set and re-burr the blade. If you are working with premium blades like the Tanaka or Kurosaki ranges we would suggest that the Suehiro Cerax whetstone #8000 is good addition to your collection.
After sharpening and polishing a few of our knives we found that the Suehiro Cerax whetstone #8000 is a high-performance stone that cuts fast and more importantly has great tactile feedback allowing you to really get a sense of how much material is being removed from the blade and where the angle is set. We only required around 3 passes to achieve a nice mirror finish. You can really feel the edge of the blade against the stone and easily get a sense that the angle is correct.
The Cerax #8000 grit stone from Suehiro along with a good quality repairing stone (up to about #800) and sharpening stone (#1000-#3000) is all you need to keep your knives in good condition. Modern Cooking stocks a range of Suehiro whetstones as well as some other brands to suit each of these purposes. We also recommend regularly using a honing steal to keep your edge straight and true between sharpening’s.
We also have an entry level knife sharpening kit that includes a sharpening steal and sink bridge. However, we also have professional sharpening kits and whetstones for those who are serious about knife care and maintenance.