Best Whetstones

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 6, 2019
Whetstones let you establish an edge, polish, and hone that edge. The best whetstones can be used to sharpen many different tools and instruments aside from knives. These are the stones you'll find on this list. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
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Grit
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PROS

 The bamboo base works wonders holding the stone, while the silicone pad beneath the base makes sure this bamboo holder doesn't slide around the countertops and prevents the base from scratching the 'tops. The aluminum oxide imported from Japan makes this whetstone as tough and rugged as these stones get. 

CONS

The white section is easily soiled. 

OUR VERDICT

Using Sharp Pebble KA-QMSX-Q7FN, you'll be able to sharpen chef knives, sushi knives, steak knife, paring knives, standard kitchen knives, hunting knives, different pocket knives, scissors, straight razors, and even axes. In other words, the two-sided 1000/6000 grit will let you sharpen pretty much anything.

detailed parameters
Grit

2-sided: 1000/6000

Material

Aluminum oxide (imported from Japan)

Extras

Bamboo base with silicone pad, angle guide for sharpening at perfect angle included

Dimensions

2.25" x 7" x 1.13" (whetstone only) 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The stone's 325-grit (45 microns) side will enable quick edge setting, while the extra-fine 1200-grit (9 microns) will work wonders for honing. The company's MirrorFlat™ tech ensures long-lasting even contact with the blade. The Dia-Uniform tech guarantees excellent consistency and uniformity.

CONS

The plastic base scratches fairly easily. 

OUR VERDICT

SHARPAL SHA-156N Diamond Whetstone lets you sharpen with ease, efficiency, and finesse. You'll be able to sharpen knives, chisels, rigid scrapers, so many different tools and instruments. You'll have no issues working with various materials, including different steel types, carbide, ceramic, and cubic boron nitride.

detailed parameters
Grit

2-sided: 325/1200

Material

Monocrystalline diamond (electroplated onto a steel base) 

Extras

MirrorFlat™ technology, storage base with non-slip rubber pad, Pyramid™ angle guide included

Dimensions

2.5" x 6" x 0.33" (whetstone only)

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Thanks to the convenient and compact design, you will be able to sharpen the cutting tools of any sizes and types. The first whetstone enables rough sharpening and restoration of extremely blunt blades. The second whetstone removes less metal and is appropriate for straight cutting edges. The third whetstone provides fine sharpening and polishing.

CONS

The stones are not as flat as they should be. 

OUR VERDICT

This whetstone knife sharpener consists of the one-piece rotating triangle block installed on the plastic molded base. The block contains three whetstones of different grits for multistage sharpening. In addition, the rubber feet will provide steady placement on any countertop. 

detailed parameters
Grit

3-sided: 400/600/1000-1200

Material

Arkansas stone, Monocrystalline diamond

Extras

Stones mounted onto rotating molded plastic triangle with non-slip rubber feet

Dimensions

1.625” x 6” x 0.375” (each whetstone)

Warranty

3 years (registration required)

PROS

The sharpening grooves will let you hone fish hooks and pointed tools. The micro-tool sharpening pad will enable you to sharpen the tiniest tools. The soft-grip rubber handle will let you hold this stone with comfort and security. The thumb guard will make sure to keep the fingers safe and intact.

CONS

The abrasive on the coarse side wears off quickly.

OUR VERDICT

Smith's Diamond Combo Bench Stone will prove invaluable for people who often visit the great outdoors. It is an excellent tool for hunters, fishermen, campers, hikers, and so on and so forth. The stones store in the handle for safekeeping and easy transportation. The instrument measures ~1" x 5" x 0.5", making this product as portable as they come. 

detailed parameters
Grit

2-sided: 325/750

Material

Monocrystalline diamond

Extras

Micro-tool sharpening pad and sharpening groove, handle with non-slip rubber grip and thumb guard (stones store in handle for safekeeping), lanyard loop

Dimensions

~1" x 5" x 0.5" (whetstone only)

9.5" x 1.6" x 0.6" (when the hone is extended for use) 

Warranty

3 years (registration required)

PROS

The monocrystalline diamond that the product is constructed from is as durable and rugged as they come, so you won't have to worry about longevity. The stone's beveled edges make it easy to sharpen long knives. The size will let you fit this stone into any pocket. 

CONS

The stone is not suitable for fine sharpening. 

OUR VERDICT

Lansky Puck Dual-Grit Multi-Purpose Sharpener gets the job done, which is enough considering the product's price tag. The whetstone will let you hone everything and anything, including axes, hatchets, machetes, spades, mower blades, and even shovels.

detailed parameters
Grit

2-sided: 120/280

Material

Monocrystalline diamond

Extras

Pocket-size classic whetstone 

Dimensions

3" x 3" x 1"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Sharp Pebble KA-QMSX-Q7FN

Sharpen Anything

Sharp Pebble KA-QMSX-Q7FN is as premium as these stones come. Using this whetstone, you'll be able to sharpen chef knives, sushi knives, steak knife, paring knives, standard kitchen knives, hunting knives, different pocket knives, scissors, straight razors, and even axes. In other words, the two-sided 1000/6000 grit will let you sharpen pretty much anything.

The overall package is nothing to complain about too. The bamboo base works wonders holding the stone, while the silicone pad beneath the base makes sure this bamboo holder doesn't slide around the countertops and prevents the base from scratching the 'tops.

At the same time, the knife sharpening angle guide lets you maintain the right angle and safely apply consistent pressure while sharpening the blade.

The aluminum oxide imported from Japan makes this whetstone as tough and rugged as these stones get. The only disappointing factor here is that the white section is easily soiled, so you'll have to clean this section more often than you'd probably prefer.

Besides that, Sharp Pebble KA-QMSX-Q7FN is the best 'stone within this lineup. Again, there's nothing you won't be able to sharpen using this stone. The supplied instruction manual provides awesome tips and tricks for different skill levels.

Review of Sharp Pebble KA-QMSX-Q7FN Premium Whetstone

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SHARPAL SHA-156N

Consistency and Uniformity

SHARPAL SHA-156N Diamond Whetstone is fast, durable, and dependable.

Incorporating industrial monocrystalline diamonds electroplated onto this steel base, this stone lets you sharpen five times faster than oil and water 'stones. You'll be able to work with various materials, including different steel types, carbide, ceramic, and cubic boron nitride. Of course, you'll be sharpening dry. No water and no oils required means no mess.

The stone's 325-grit (45 microns) side will enable quick edge setting, while the extra-fine 1200-grit (9 microns) will work wonders for honing.

The company's MirrorFlat™ tech ensures long-lasting even contact with knives and/or different tools. Meanwhile, the Dia-Uniform tech guarantees excellent consistency and uniformity.

The Pyramid™ angle guide comes integrated with four angles: 14°, 17°, 20°, and 25°, making the guide and the product particularly universal.

Other than that, the supplied rubberized base makes sure to keep the 'stone secure during use, still allowing for easy portability though.

To sum up, SHARPAL SHA-156N Diamond Whetstone lets you sharpen with ease, efficiency, and finesse. You'll be able to sharpen knives, chisels, rigid scrapers, so many different tools and instruments.

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Smith's TRI-6

A Whole System

This whetstone knife sharpener consists of the one-piece rotating triangle block installed on the plastic molded base. The block contains three whetstones of different grits for multistage sharpening. In addition, the rubber feet will provide the steady placement on any countertop. You just need to take some time to master this knife sharpener and make your knives as sharp as swords. So, take your time and all your cutting tools will do a great job.

The more knives you whet, the easier it will be to pick the right sharpening angle. Nonetheless, this knife sharpener comes with a special guide that will help you whet the knife blade at the right angle. Customers claim that this manual knife sharpener is very versatile and yet, very simple. Thanks to the convenient and compact design, you will be able to sharpen the cutting tools of any sizes and types.

This sharpening system includes 3 Arkansas whetstones of different grits for 3-stage sharpening. The first whetstone provides the rough sharpening and restoration of extremely blunt blades. This whetstone removes a large amount of metal from the blade, forming the right shape. The second whetstone removes less metal and is appropriate for straight cutting edges.

Finally, the third whetstone provides fine sharpening and polishing. In addition, this knife sharpener comes with the special honing solution to protect both blades and stones.

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Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System
 

Smith's Diamond

Portable and Versatile

Smith's Diamond Combo Bench Stone lives up to the "combo" name.

The 325-grit coarse side will let you quickly set the edge, while the 750-grit fine side will enable you to hone different blades.

In addition to these sides, the product comes equipped with these remarkably effective sharpening grooves that will let you hone fish hooks and pointed tools. Moreover, the instrument incorporates a micro-tool sharpening pad that will enable you to sharpen the tiniest tools.

At the same time, the soft-grip rubber handle will let you hold this stone with comfort and security. The thumb guard, on the other hand, will make sure to keep the fingers safe and intact.

The stones store in the handle for safekeeping and easy transportation. Apart from that, the instrument measures ~1" x 5" x 0.5", making this product as portable as they come.

There's also this lanyard loop that you can use to attach this stone to different carabiner hooks and things like that.

On the negative side, the abrasive on the coarse side wears off relatively quickly, so the product is not necessarily durable.

Other than that, Smith's Diamond Combo Bench Stone will prove invaluable for people who often visit the great outdoors. It is an excellent tool for hunters, fishermen, campers, hikers, and so on and so forth.

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Lansky LPUCK

Gets the Job Done

As you can probably tell, Lansky Puck Dual-Grit Multi-Purpose Sharpener is pretty basic.

On paper, the two-sided stone is multi-purpose enough. The 120-grit coarse side allows you to set the edge, while the 280-grit fine side lets you hone various blades. The issue is that 280 grits are not enough for fine sharpening more often than not.

Again, as you can probably tell, what we have here is a pocket-sized classic whetstone. You don't have that base that keeps the stone securely in place, so we highly recommend going slow when you sharpen the blades. Furthermore, there are no thumb guards here, so going slow is more mandatory than necessary.

The whetstone has its advantages too though. Aside from the competitive price, the stone measures 3" x 3" x 1", so you'll be able to take this stone with you wherever you go. The monocrystalline diamond that the product is constructed from is as durable and rugged as they come, so you won't have to worry about longevity. Last but not least, the stone's beveled edges make it easy to sharpen long knives.

All things considered, Lansky Puck Dual-Grit Multi-Purpose Sharpener gets the job done, which is enough considering the product's price tag. The whetstone will let you hone everything and anything, including axes, hatchets, machetes, spades, mower blades, and even shovels.

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What Is a Whetstone?

Whetstones are these things that you seldom think about it but that are as necessary as any tool/instrument. Using these stones, you'll be able to keep different knives nice and sharp first and foremost.

Apart from that, depending on the product, these stones let you sharpen various tools and instruments, from scissors and straight razors to scrapers, spades, and even axes.

More often than not, whetstones these days are two-sided. The coarse side can (and should) be used to establish an edge, while the fine side lets you polish that edge.

Other than that, different products incorporate different convenience and safety features. Oftentimes, these stones come fitted with a base that keeps the stone steady and secure during use. Sometimes, these bases incorporate rubber grips to prevent the base from scratching the 'tops.

Angle guides are occasionally supplied with whetstones to help you maintain the right angle and safely apply consistent pressure while sharpening the blade.

These stones are great. They're compact and affordable. These electric knife sharpeners and scissor sharpeners, on the other hand, are more expensive but also more efficient, so you might want to consider these sharpening tools too.

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Publish Date: 2019-12-06 11:05:28