A novelty from the Naniwa company - whetstones for manual and machine sharpening - Naniwa Snow White 8000 Grit Waterstone. This stone was quickly given the highest rating in the knife community. He is called "Snow White" or "Snowball", he was immediately able to take his rightful place in the variety of finishing stones, despite high competition.
Naniwa positioned the Naniwa Snow White 8000 Grit Waterstone White or Junpaku Stone as an extension of the Traditional Waterstone line, along with the long-standing NT-380 (T-380) stone. Naniwa Snow White 8000 has a firmer bond and absorbs less water, but still requires soaking before use.
The full size Snow White stone measures 8 inches long, 2 3/4 inches wide, and 7/8 inches thick. Apexoid format offers three sizes: 200x25x6mm, 150x25x6mm and 150x20x5mm (stone size without blank). The stones are glued onto aluminum blanks 161x25x3mm with dovetail bevels.
From the practice of using Naniwa Snow White 8000 Grit Waterstone, it can be noted that the water absorption is low. In fact, according to its properties, "Snowball" is close to splash-and-go stones, but still requires soaking. The abrasive ability of the Naniwa Snow White 8000 Grit Waterstone is very high, it is able to remove rather rough risks, if they were suddenly not noticed and remained from the starting stages of sharpening. The bar is salted, especially if the working surface of the stone is not wet enough. Therefore, when working, it is necessary to spray it with water more often. Salting is quickly removed with a cleaning nagura. In terms of work uniformity, Naniwa Snow White 8000 Grit Waterstone can be compared with Naniwa Chosera 10000 stone, but Naniwa Snow White significantly surpasses it in terms of work speed. In terms of bond hardness, Naniwa Snow White is softer than Naniwa Chosera but harder than Naniwa Superstone.
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