Ensure to soak it in water as the directions inform. This is really a good stone to maintain the intensity of the blades sharpness. Solid as a rock.
I am SO INCREDIBLY DISAPPOINTED! I was assured by the young lady in customer service prior to placing my order that this whetstone WAS NOT MADE in china and that it was the SAME quality as the King whetstone. Let me be quite honest and say "THAT'S A WHOLE LOT OF HORSE HOCKEY fresh with flies swarming IT! " I wish I had NOT tested its quality with my least expensive hair cutting shears( $350.00 ) one pass and the tip was DESTROYED! I am not new to using a whetstone as I have been a Beautician for 30 years. What a complete disappointment!The savings (I thought I was getting) COST ME 350.00 PLUS THE WHETSTONE AND SHIPPING!
3000/8000 Grit Double-Sided Knife Sharpening Whetstone