Whetstones, also known as water stones or sharpening stones, are used to grind and hone the knife edges. Even the best kitchen knife will lose its initial sharpness over time. The sharpening devices and the right technique will make the sharpening task easy. Whetstones have different degrees, depending on the grain of the stone. A fine-grained whetstone is dense, sharpens less, but allows adjustments in the edge. In contrast, a coarse grain edge removes more material from the cutting edge.
- 220-400: Coarse stones. Reshape or repair chips, put on an edge for very dull knives. Not recommended to beginner sharpeners as they are abrasive and shave off a lot of material.
- 800-2000: Medium stones. Regular sharpening.
- 3000-8000: Fine stones. Basic finishing and polishing stones.
- 10000-12000: Ultrafine stones. Used for mirror polish finish.
The higher the grain reference number, the smaller the grain size.
Wüsthof knives have to be sharpened by properly sharpening accessories. Wüsthof offers high quality sharpening devices: sharpening steels, sharpeners and whetstones.
Wüsthof, a German knife-maker based in Solingen, famous for its high quality products. Wüsthof precision kitchen knives are goods of the highest quality, meticulously crafted. These knives are a pleasure to work with for both professional chefs and amateur cooks. The Wüshof knife series have different ergonomic handle design to offer comfortable feelings for all different likings. In addition, Wüsthof offers accessories for these knives, like magnetic bars, knife blocks and cutting boards.