La pyrénées combines the best of Europe: a Belgian Blue Whetstone and the famous "Pierre des Pyrénées" of France.
The BBW contains a maximum of 25% of garnets with a diameter of 10 to 20 microns.
The BBW is often compared to a 4000 grit whetstone, using the Japanese grit system, but it must be borne in mind that it is a natural product, and therefore no one stone is 100% identical to another. The grit rating is given purely for information, and tells you little about the specific characteristics of the stone.
The ideal geometric shape of the garnets gives the whetstone another unique characteristic. The smooth shape of the garnets means that they polish the metal without leaving behind tiny burrs. This results in a fine, burr-free polish.
Pierre des Pyrénées:
The last producer of natural whetstones is located at the foot of the Pyrenees in the village of Saurat. This company is founded in 1900 by Mr. Cuminetti, changed owners in 2006 and is now managed by Mr. Soucille of Thiers, a cutler and merchant in abrasives.
The stone is a mix of slate and sandstone. The grid is 1200. The stone sharpens knives and tools fast to an acceptable level. This is the perfect preparation for sharpening on the BBW-side.
This combination whetstone is suitable for sharpening any type of steel, including stainless steel (inter alia, 18/8 and 18/10 stainless), Damascus Steel and HSS High Speed Steel.
Various fields of application of La Pyrénées range from razor blades, all kinds of cook's and kitchen knives, hunting and pocket knives to chopping and cutting tools
La Pyrénées consists of layers glued together, each with a thickness of 7 mm. La pyrénes is only produced in a rectangular shape. Production is carried out using traditional methods, and a small tolerance as regards dimensions is perfectly normal.
Sharpening with La Pyrénées:
Sharpening uses both the "Pierre des Pyrénées"- side and the BBW side with water. All that is required is to wet the surface; there is no need to immerse the stone. Pre-sharpening of very blunt and/or damaged blades is done on the "Pierre des Pyrénées"- side, while the fine sharpening uses the BBW side. Garnets are released during sharpening on the BBW. The more garnets are released, the more abrasive the grinding compound becomes. Diluting the grinding compound of this versatile BBW gives an even sharper result, right up to razor-sharp!