Comes with storage box
Flattening stone is too small
Requires frequent flattening
We purchased the Sha-Pu Whetstone Set so our reviewer could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
Whether you need to sharpen knives or an array of tools in the kitchen, having a sharpening tool or whetstone is a must. Keeping your tools sharp not only maintains their longevity but also can help prevent accidents. Having quite a few knives I needed to shape up myself, I was elated to be able to review the Sha-Pu Whetstone Sharpening Set. It features four double-sided whetstones with eight different grits, so you can get your knives and tools to their ideal sharpness.
To put the Sha-Pu Premium Whetstone Set to a grind, I brought all my kitchen knives for a sharpening workout. I got out blades that were dull and needed shaping and sharpening. I also had some knives that were sharp but could use some honing to get that shine and razor-sharp edge. Here’s how the knives vs. whetstone session went down.
Design: Compact and organized
The product comes in a custom-molded carry case with dedicated storage for each piece of the set. Each stone has different grits on each side, with the colored side having the lower grit compared to the corresponding white side. This helps you remember that you want to start with the colored side first. Each stone comes with its own silicone holder that allows it to fit in securely inside the wooden base. There is also a sharpening angle guide provided to make the sharpening motion easier, especially for beginners. A flattening stone is also included, although it is on the smaller side.
Performance: It gets the job done but could be better
The set comes with four stones with different grits on each side, giving you eight different grits to work with. I tested each stone separately with knives that had different levels of bluntness. I started with a Shun knife that needed some repair and shaping on the edge and used the 240-grit stone first. After quite a few repeated passes, I had a consistent burr on the knife. For the other side of the blade, I switched over to the 600-grit stone to see if I could notice the difference in the grit. Sharpening on the 600-grit felt fairly similar to the 240 grit and took the same amount of time to get the burr. Overall, the 240 and 600 grits felt practically the same.
I noticed that when I resumed testing on day two, the stones felt a little softer compared to how they did on the previous day, even though I had completely cleaned and dried them that day.
Next, I tried the white sides with the 800 and 1500 grits. The 800 grit should have performed similarly to the 600 grit; however, it felt smoother and almost performed equivalently to the 1500 grit surface. I also tested the 800 and 1500 sides with a Santoku knife that developed the burr quicker than my other knife.
I used the 1000 gritstone to sharpen a 3-inch paring knife. Having done the initial sharpening on the 1000 grit, the 3000 grit for the same knife didn’t provide any additional sharpening. In terms of the performance of the 3000 and 5000 grit surfaces, I felt that they were fairly similar. The 10000-grit surface definitely felt different and did a fine job of polishing the edge. I still ended up honing all the blades on a ceramic rod to give it the final finish.
Although this set comes with eight grits, some of the grits perform similarly. It is not necessary to use each of the grits in succession while sharpening.
When I sharpened the knives using a back-and-forth motion, the bamboo base stayed stable, but it slipped a lot when I tried to sharpen a blade using its entire length in one sweeping motion. I stabilized the base by placing it on a damp kitchen towel.
One potential concern I noticed is the longevity of the set, given that I needed to flatten the surfaces after sharpening four knives. While sharpening on the second day and subsequent days, there was more slurry being generated. After just a few rounds of sharpening, all the surfaces needed flattening.
Burr is the folded over, excess metal that leaves the edge of the knife while you sharpen. This is a visual cue to know that your edge is thin enough on one side.
Cleaning: Needs to be hand-washed
After the knives are sharpened, there is a lot of residue from the grinding and polishing of steel on the stone. The Sha-Pu Whetstones need to be hand-washed, but it is quick and convenient. The stones need to be air-dried before storage.
Price: A good value if you have a variety of tools
The Sha-Pu Premium Whetstone set usually retails between $99 to $130, and for that price, you get four stones with different grits. If your sharpening needs go beyond just kitchen knives, like chisels, bits, and utility knives, this set provides good value.
For sharpening a wide range of tools, the Sha-Pu set provides a comprehensive kit for shaping, sharpening, and polishing different types of blades.
Sha-Pu Whetstone Set vs. Brod & Taylor Professional Knife Sharpener
Brod & Taylor Professional Knife Sharpener: If you are primarily looking to sharpen your kitchen knives, then the hassle of setting up the Whetstones and putting them back into storage may discourage you from regularly sharpening your knives. Instead, a sharpening tool like the Brod & Taylor Professional Knife Sharpener may be more convenient to use. This tool retails around $119 and is great for all types of knives. It's a simple, compact machine that allows you to pull your knife through it for quick and easy sharpening. However, for sharpening a wide range of tools, the Sha-Pu set provides a comprehensive kit for shaping, sharpening, and polishing different types of blades.
Buy it when the price is on the lower end.
If you are looking for a sharpening set to sharpen different types of blades, the Sha-Pu Whetstone Sharpening Set is quite handy and versatile.
- Product Name Whetstone Sharpening Set
- Product Brand Sha-Pu
- Price $130
- Weight 9.11 lbs.
- Color Green, Blue, Red, Yellow
- Material Corundum
- What's Included 4 Double Sided Whetstones, One Flattening Stone, An Angel Guide, A Non-Slip Acacia Wood Stand, 4 Silicone Stone Holders and a Carrying and Storage Case