Bankstones from the Shapton family from Nabatame in the province of Tochigi (Japan) are the hardest and most wear-resistant Japanese waterstones with very good abrasion! Unlike almost all other bankstones, they hold their shape best and need to be dressed less often, resulting in an enormously long life. If you are wondering what Ha-no-kuromaku means, the answer is here: "cutting behind the scenes". This confirms the inconspicuousness of these stones very well.
This high-quality ceramic-based bench stone from the Ha-no-kuromaku series by Shapton is supplied in a sturdy plastic box, which provides protection during storage. Each grit has its own color. The storage box can be used as a whetstone holder, but we advise against this and recommend the use of a professional bench stone holder. The Shapton #12000 is cream in colour. This bench stone, unlike all other stones in this series, must be soaked in water for about 6 minutes before use. Never bring the bench stone in contact with chemicals or detergents and the like, this would destroy the stone. Also when cleaning, simply use only water.