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Naniwa Whetstone a cut above the rest

Article - May 31, 2023

Naniwa invites professional chefs and home cooks alike to discover the unmatched quality of what whetstone knife sharpening tools.

“My goal is to be number one in the world for whetstones.”

Nobuhiro Sadakane, President, Naniwa Abrasive Mfg. Co., Ltd.

As any good professional or home chef knows, the key to finely prepared food is a finely sharpened kitchen knife.

The kitchen knife is undoubtedly a chef’s best friend – the most essential piece of kit that must be sharpened regularly to ensure top performance. For kitchen samurais aspiring for the best, then only the Japanese-made Naniwa Whetstone sharpening tools will do.

Made to the highest Japanese quality, offering sophisticated design and unmatched reliability, Naniwa Whetstone sharpening tools promise to enhance your cutting skills, cooking performance and creativity in the kitchen. What’s more, Naniwa has more than 80 years of experience in creating the perfect sharpening tools for industrial, restaurant and home use, and the quality borne from this experience can be seen and felt in each of the company’s products.

“Sushi is, of course, the most famous Japanese cuisine,” says Naniwa president Nobuhiro Sadakane. “You must have a very sharp knife to make the best and tastiest sushi, and whetstones are required in order to maintain the sharpness of the knife. We have been in this business for over 80 years, so we have a wide range of products, focusing only on whetstones, and a wide variety of materials, which is the culmination of our technologies and knowledge.”

When it comes to knife sharpening, Naniwa stresses that a 15-degree angle is the critical angle when using whetstone. “We named the 15-degree angle as the ‘Perfect Angle’,” adds Mr. Sadakane. “All our product packaging has been updated and includes sharpening guidelines on the packaging. These changes to the packaging also make it easier for the customer to choose the right products.”

With its products the longstanding preferred choice of sushi chefs across Japan, Naniwa now aims to take its Japanese-crafted whetstone sharpening tools to chefs and home cooks throughout the world.