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Jende Industries

Manufacturing since 2004, Jende Industries Australia boasts a large range of professional sharpening products to support all your knife sharpening system needs. They are manufacturers of leather and nano cloth strops, poly diamond emulsions and sharpening stones suitable for guided sharpeners like Edge Pro, TSPROF, Wicked Edge, KME, JIGS and Hapstone. Offering 1x6 and 1x4 Inch formats from brands such as Naniwa and Suehiro.

Zanvak are the Australian and New Zealand distributors of Jende Industries Australia knife sharpener system products.

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Jende Industries Australia

Jende Industries is currently an international company with facilities in the US, Australia, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Ironically, we had no intentions of becoming a sharpening-based company.

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"But as fate would have it, in 1999 we started sharpening (poorly) and fell into the rabbit hole - deeply. Fast forward after several years of trial and a whole lot of error, and Jende Industries was started in 2004 with a single product - the Jende Reed Knife. The name and the knife quickly became associated with sharpness and quality in the world of oboe, bassoon, and clarinet. From there we branched out into different realms of sharpeningdom, including kitchen knives, wood working, scissors and straight razors; and despite getting kicked off all the hip forums and discussion lists of the day, started becoming known as a respectable source of sharpening knowledge and equipment.

In 2009, we published "The Jende Book of Sharpening Double Hollow Ground Reed Knives", and since then we regularly host sharpening parties and give sharpening seminars around the world, including several International Double Reed Society Conferences, North-western University, Roosevelt University, University of Wisconsin, Bowling Green State University, Michigan University, Florida State University, University of California Davis, Miami University (OH); and on the international stage of Australasian Double Reed Society conferences in Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, and Japan; National Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan, and The Central Conservatory (Beijing), Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. 

We slowly expanded, adding sharpening equipment and accessories as well as distributing Maestro Wu knives, and in 2014, we brought on a partner with a professional chef's background. This launched the Jende name into the culinary world beyond just knives and sharpening with the Jende Knife roll. Once again, the name quickly became known for the quality, and our rolls have since been featured by Chef's Roll, Avocados of Mexico, Barilla Pasta, Versace Mansion, Gunter Wilhelm, and Starbucks to name a few. New and improved products also followed, with the expansion of our sharpening strops and emulsions.

We also switched gears with our sharpening stones to focus more on the custom cut stone sizes for the growing number of guided sharpener systems now on the market. Jende Industries has the largest selection of grits and sizes for the Edge Pro, Hapstone Sharpener, TSPROF Sharpener, KME Sharpener, and Wicked Edge Precision Sharpener (WEPS) with Naniwa, Suehiro, Sigma, Coticule, JNats, Nubatama, Jende and Arkansas stones for each. In 2017, Jende Industries went truly global with the introduction of our Australian and Taiwan websites, followed by Malaysia in 2018. We now have the Jende drug available on a worldwide scale, and our next scheduled stop is world domination as soon as we develop our nuclear capabilities.

If you haven't noticed by now, we are a company that is very serious about what we do, but we don't take ourselves too seriously. We realise there is a lot of information now available on the web, but as big as we are getting, we still pride ourselves on customer service with actual knowledgeable staff. We are all either chefs or sharpeners and know our products intimately, and our customer service is geared at making sure you get the right product for your needs."

Lastly, the word "Jende" is often pronounced incorrectly. We get lots of versions, especially Jen-dee, and for the Europeans, we get a lot of Yen-dee or Yen-duh. It is pronounced Jen-duh, which means "real" in Chinese

The Jende Industries product line-up consists predominantly of cut Japanese whetstones from famous brands like Naniwa Chosera, Suehiro Cerax, Debado, Shapton Professional and more.

The main sizes of sharpening stone offered at Jende are in the Edge Pro and KME sharpener format, the Edge Pro format is 1 inch wide x 6 inch long and the thicknesses vary from 2mm up to 6mm depending on the abrasive type.

The KME sharpener format is 1 inch wide x 4 inches long and range from 2mm up to 6mm thick.

Jende manufactures these cut sharpening stones in house from high quality stones sourced from across the globe.

The largest seller for Jende is the Naniwa Chosera whetstone range:

The Naniwa Chosera stones are premium level stones and are well known for their wonderful feedback and fast action. One of the biggest advantages with the Chosera stones is the variety of hardness between the different grits, which can be used advantageously on harder or softer steels. They also have a very high grit density and work best with a quick soak before use.

Coarse Grit (#400, #600, #800) 

Are aggressive, and geared toward stock removal, repairs, and (re)profiling. They are also excellent at removing the deeper scratches from diamond plates.

The #400 Chosera is a very solid, hard and aggressive stone that does not wear easily.

The #600 Chosera is a softer stone that has a sensational, "buttery"  feedback to it, and excels on harder steels. Please choose your grit from the dropdown menu above.

The #800 Chosera Is still technically a coarse stone, but when used with some mud, it leaves a very good, basic working edge. It is a real workhorse.

Medium Grit (#1,000, #2,000, #3,000)

Refine the edges on most tools and knives to working sharp levels, and quickly perform maintenance on dulled knives. They are still aggressive enough to do minor repair and profiling work, and they set the stage for the fine grit polishing stones. 

The #1,000 Chosera is one of the best stones in the series, and is aggressive enough for most maintenance while leaving an edge that is slightly more refined than other 1K stones.

The #2,000 grit Chosera is a softer stone, and produces an excellent "good enough" edge on softer steel knives (HRC~55 and below). The #2,000 stone is made even more effective when combined with the #800 Chosera stone.

The #3,000 stone is a harder stone, and is the perfect choice for a working edge on a quality knife, and for setting the edge up for the polishing stages.

Fine Grits (#5,000, #10,000) 

Bring every edge to a whole new level, and where cutting becomes effortless.

The #5,000 Chosera is a softer stone, with wonderful feedback. It produces a mirror finish that takes the edge to a whole new level.

The #10,000 Chosera takes the mirror even further, while refining the edge to "shaving sharp" levels. It is highly recommended to use the #5,000 before the  #10,000 for the best results.