After you use your whetstone you should…

Wash the whetstone to get rid of the muddy dirt on the stone,

Then wipe the water off the whetstone.

And keep it indoors to avoid sunlight.

1. I know you want to keep your whetstone in good condition 

In 2003, at Homecenter Kohnan, I bought my first whetstone. 

It was a sweltering summer day.

 My first santoku knife was dull, so I wanted to do something about it.

It had been 3 months since I started living by myself.

There was no longer my dad to sharpen the kitchen knives.

Sharpening was fun and did the job,

But I had a problem

 I didn’t know how to take care of and store this whetstone.

You might be thinking…

“I can’t break it because it is expensive”

“My whetstone looks so fragile”

For sure you shouldn’t use your whetstones for playing dominoes!

2. Don’t let it fall down, don’t drop it, and don’t hit it

These are 3 most important slogans for taking care of your whetstones.

All kinds of whetstones are fragile and easily broken.

So you should take care of it carefully.

3.  Dry your whetstone using a piece of cloth

After sharpening your knife, wash the stone in order to get rid of the dirt.

And then wipe it with a piece of cloth.

4. Store your whetstone in a dry room

After drying your whetstone, put it in a box or wrap it with a piece of cloth.

Store it indoors and avoid water or rapid temperature changes.

You must also avoid the sunlight.

Remember:

Your whetstone is not good at dealing with freezing temperatures and extreme dryness.

If the stone is under these conditions,

A little impact can break it into two.

5. You should avoid your stone getting dusty

A collection of dust or sand on the whetstone makes your next sharpening difficult.

Avoid storing it in those dirty conditions and keep the stone in a container. 

6. Keep your whetstone flat

It is very important to keep your whetstone flat.

If the whetstone has a dent, you should flatten it using a diamond bar.

I recommend using #400 to #600 of fineness for a diamond bar.

7. Use a whetstone storing box 

A box for your whetstones might be helpful to keep yours safe.

Do you need a box for your whetstone? I recommend making or buying something like these…

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