This Imanishi Bester 700 grit stone is a nice solid stone for sharpening and repairing blades, it takes off more material than the 1000 stone and is therefore a good stone to repair little chips in the blade. It is quite wide and which makes it easier to sharpen longer knives. It needs soaking before use. The Bester stones don’t wear out so easy as similar stones and take of a good amount of material for that finer grit. Very good value for money!