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The Pride Abrasive 8000 Water Stone is a polishing stone. It provides a scalpel finish and mirror edge on knives and tools and is the grit most straight razor are satisfied with.
Like the other Pride stones, it removes steel at a very fast rate yet hard enough that it retains it's flatness well. The 8,000 grit cuts faster than a leading Japanese manufacturer by about 1.5 times yet provides the mirror polish you expect from a 8000 grit stone. It is fast enough that you can jump directly to it from the 1000 or 3000 grit. If you are progressing from a 4-6k stone, you will only need to take a few passes to remove the scratches.
Pride Abrasive water stones are well priced, sharpening quickly, hold up well and leave an edge you expect from a premium water stone.
They are in a class with high grade Japanese waterstones like Sigma and Shapton Glass Stones. They perform better than Norton, Bester/Imanishi, Chosera and cheaper imported stones.
Having sharpened with every major brand of water stone, we can say the Pride water stones deserve to be classed with the best of them. Their combination of speed, durability and finish is as good or better than any we have used.
They cut premium tool steels like A2, D2, O1 quickly and their finish is what you should expect from their given grit level.
Like any good water stone, they should be soaked in water for 10-15 minutes prior to use.
You will not be disappointed with this water stone. Made in Bristol Wisconsin, USA.