The Morihei Whetstone, Hishiboshi (Hi) Series is a step up from the Shapton Whetstones in my opinion.
These are high performance synthetic stones have larger dimensions than the Shapton series and are longer lasting.
Regarded as professional stones.
NO SOAKING REQUIRED! Just “splash and go”.
#1000 should be the first or second stone in your stone progression.
This is a medium grit stone. Re-edging can be done with a 1000 but is a lot faster with a #500
If your knife isn’t too bad or recently sharpened I would start here to minimise material removal.
Example stone progression: #500–> #1000 –> #6000 –>#12000/leather strop.
Morihei is a knife and whetstone supplier located in Asakusabashi, Tokyo. They have been a part of the industry for over 100 years, including the predecessor of Morihei “Oguro-Morihei-Shouten“. At one point in time, more than 20 groups of blacksmiths and sharpeners were working exclusively under Morihei. They are one of the only companies in Japan with a long-standing history of relationships with blacksmiths and whetstone and natural stone makers that still exists today.
Origin: Asakusabashi, Tokyo