A whetstone is our favourite tool for sharpening knives. It can provide you with the most control over any other sharpening method.
We carry combination whetstones from Kai, Wusthof and Niwaki. They feature various grit sizes which refer to the smoothness of the finish produced by the sharpening stone. The higher the number, the more refined the edge will be.
All of our whetstones need to be soaked in water first as the particles released during the sharpening process mix with the water and it is that mixture that sharpens the steel.
A whetstone should not be intimidating. Once you practice and get the hang of it, you will wonder why it took you so long to use one. If you are based in London, sign up for one of our Monthly Free Tutorials in our London shops and get a little 'hands-on' time before you buy.