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Thread: Naniwa "Specialty Stone" 12k vs Naniwa "Super Stone" 12k

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    I have a question for someone Experienced. On Amazon there seems to be 2 different stones, both are Naniwa 12k, but different boxes, one box is white/grey, the other box is yellow. The yellow box says "Specialty Stone", grey box says "Super Stone". Are they the same thing? Want to make sure I bought the right stone!!

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    Allegedly the Specialty is a new formula binder but honestly I haven't noted a difference I own the Super and have used the Specialty
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    Ok, well I bought the yellow box which is the "Specialty Stone" so I guess I chose right! But your the pro, so if you don't notice a difference I'll take your word. Thanks Glen.
    PS Im anxiously awaiting that Dovo that your gonna take care of for me! Can't wait to shave with it, and also learn what a razor should look and feel like!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kkeeton53 View Post
    Ok, well I bought the yellow box which is the "Specialty Stone" so I guess I chose right! But your the pro, so if you don't notice a difference I'll take your word. Thanks Glen.
    PS Im anxiously awaiting that Dovo that your gonna take care of for me! Can't wait to shave with it, and also learn what a razor should look and feel like!
    It will be top notch coming from Glen. You will be happy and your face will appreciate it.
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    Naniwa has two lines of their "splash and go" stones they market in the US. They use different names in other countries. One line is the "specialty stone". These stones are 8 1/4" long x 2 3/4" wide by 3/8" thick. They new stones are no longer glued to a plastic base.

    The "sharpening stone" line is identical to the "specialty stone" with the exception that the stones are 3/4" thick, twice the thickness of the specialty stones. Of course, the thicker stones are more expensive, but not that much so. I purchased the sharpening stone line. SharpeningSupplies.com sells the Naniwa 12K specialty stone for $82 and the sharpening stone for $104, so for $22 more, I got a stone twice as thick. For lower grit stones, the difference is even less. If you are on a tight budget, then by all means get the specialty stones. If you want stones that will last a lifetime and beyond, get the sharpening stones.

    Naniwa also sells several other lines of synthetic waterstones. For a description of all of them, see:

    https://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/N...ones-C158.aspx

    SharpeningSupplies.com also sells stones by Shapton, Norton, DMT, Atoma, Spyderco, etc. They even carry Arkansas stones, Belgian Blue and Coticules.

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