About Our Naniwa Sharpening Stones:
In this section, you will exclusively find our collection of high-quality Naniwa finishing stones.
When honing your straight razor to that perfect Shave Ready condition, these stones are incredibly useful; ensuring that any razor you get your hands on, is one made unbelievably sharp.
Naniwa Japanese water stones are hands-down at the top of their class when it comes to sharpening straight razors; not only are they ultra fast cutters, but Naniwa has taken this stone to the next level by expertly copying the feel of a natural water stone. The resulting feedback is like no other man-made stone available today, and maintains a quality you can practically feel the second you open them.
Naniwa Stones are resin bonded for fast-cutting with ease and, unlike other stones, it does not need to be soaked. A simple splash of water over its surface is more than sufficient. These stones are able to handle any job, from repairing chips, to bringing dull and lifeless edges back to their original sharpness. For a seamless honing experience, we recommend lapping before each use, in order to avoid small chips from appearing. Likewise, we always advise that you round off the edges of your stone using 800 Grit wet/dry sandpaper.
Here at the Classic Edge, every one of these outstanding stones have been quality tested by Phil, and are used regularly in our Professional Honing Service. No stone is stuck to for very long by our experienced Honemeister, as different razors often require an equally different level of treatment. We consider every straight razor to have its own spirit and disposition; so, it is only fitting that the same is said of the stone it requires.
Trust us when we say, however, that you cannot go wrong with any of the Naniwa stones in this section, as the one thing that remains constant between all of them is their remarkable quality.
Some Basic Information Regarding Straight Razor Honing:
First, it is recommended to set the bevel on your straight razor with the 1000 Grit Stone, if you find that the edge is damaged or in need of material removal.
Once you are sure that your bevel is even, and the grain is strictly 1000 Grit, you can move on to the 3000 Grit Stone.
Once you have removed 100% of the previous 1000 Grit rating, and can now see only 3000 Grit lines along the bevel, you can move on to the 8000 Grit Stone.
This step is relatively easy, as you are honing until you see a mirror finish with the naked eye. Keep in mind, this is only if you are using a synthetic stone; if you are using a Japanese Natural or Ceramic, you might see a light haze instead.
After finishing with the 8000 Grit, and having honed your razor correctly, you should be done with the stones. However, some of you may want to continue to a 10 000 or 12 000 Grit Stone, which is completely up to you! This process is all about experimenting, and finding out what feels right for you and your razor; you truly can never have too many stones to play around with.
After using the stones, however high you decide to go, we recommend using Chromium Oxide or a similar stropping abrasive. Doing so will help you achieve an extremely refined edge, making for a considerably smoother shave.
Remember: Stone -> Chromium Oxide/Abrasive -> Leather Strop