I just purchased the Super Fine 1200/1600 grit ceramic stones and the ceramic looks like the edges are chipped and the stones appear pitted. Is this okay?
Due to the nature of the 1200/1600 Grit Ceramic media, you may notice some spotting on the flat of the stone and minor chipping on the edges. You may also note some chalk-like dust coming off the stones, especially during the first few times you use them. This is completely normal. The abrasive in this particular type of ceramic is held together in a ‘vitrified bond’ and is somewhat fragile, so some chipping along the edges will naturally occur. The dust comes from what is known as a “kiln layer” wearing off of your stones as you use them. The kiln layer is a part of the manufacturing process and is mostly removed when the stones undergo a process call “shot-siding,” in which they are rubbed together and vibrated, but typically some of the kiln layer is left behind. As your stones break in, the spotting will wear away and your stones will become even more effective. The remainder of the kiln layer will be removed after sharpening several knives.
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Grit Comparison Table
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