Japanese Waterstones: King and Sun Tiger

Japanese Waterstones: King and Sun Tiger

The Japanese sharpening stone manufacturer Matsunaga, in Osaka, makes the brands King und Sun Tiger is the oldest- and best-known maker of Japanese waterstones in the West.

King-Stones are relatively soft and have a comfortable feel in use, because one can see and feel the stone cutting the surface. These types of soft stones must be resurfaced relatively often however, as a hollow quickly develops in use.

The 240-grit grinding stone from Sun Tiger is also fairly soft and so can develop a hollow fairly quickly. But one is recompensed by the fact that it cuts very quickly and is useful for grinding out chips and nicks in the blades of chisels and knives, for instance. One can grind out a chip in a knife in a few minutes, but with chisels or plane irons, one must be careful to check often that one has not ground a hollow into the relatively soft stone. When sharpening a knife, if one moves the flat blade evenly over the entire stone, this will tend to keep the stone flat. But if one has a bunch of chisels to sharpen, for instance, the stone can start out flat, cutting a nice even bevel on the first chisel, but by the last chisel be so cupped that one would have to flatten the stone, and start over. The softer the stone, the more it needs to be watched, and the more often it needs to be flattened. This is not everyone's cup of tea, but if one accepts the need, one can have a wonderfully quick-working stone. The SUN TIGER 240-grit stone also needs much less pressure than, for instance, the SHAPTON 120-grit stone. The softer stone simply grabs and starts cutting from the first stroke.

Waterstones do wear concave with use and require periodic re-flattening. Our flattening stones will do this job. A flat stone is indispensable for effective sharpening, especially with flat blades like chisels and plane irons.

Coarse Stone SUN TIGER
Coarse Stone SUN TIGER
Grain size: 240
for grinding down notches
for removing a lot of metal
for restoring the damaged edge of a tool
for changing the bevel on a blade
Size: 205 mm x 75 mm x 50 mm
Order nr. 309371 cart
Price € 38.50
Coarse Stone KING
Coarse Stone KING
Grain size: 300
for grinding down notches
for removing a lot of metal
for restoring the damaged edge of a tool
for changing the bevel on a blade
Notice: This stone is for carbon steel blades only. Alloyed steel blocks the grain.
Size: 207 mm x 66 mm x 32 mm
Order nr. 309372 cart
Price € 27.50
Sharpening Stones KING
Sharpening Stones KING
for general purpose sharpening
Size: 207 mm x 66 mm x 34 mm

Grain size Order nr. Price
King-Stone 800 309352 cart € 22.50
King-Stone 1000 309351 cart € 22.50
King-Stone 1200 309350 cart € 22.50
KING Giant Stone
KING Giant Stone
Be more effective with these large water stones. Related to the volume you save about 40 % compared with stones of standard size. Recommended for everybody who has to sharpen a lot.
for general purpose sharpening
Compare with standard size
Size: 230 mm x 100 mm x 80 mm (9 x 4 x 3 in.)
Weight: 4 kg (9 lbs)!

Grain size Order nr. Price
Giant Stone 800 313615 cart € 65.00
Giant Stone 1000 313616 cart € 65.00
Giant Stone 1200 313617 cart € 65.00
KING Honing Stone small
KING Honing Stone small
Grain size: 4000
fixed on plastic base
for honing - removing the burr after sharpening
Size: 176 mm x 52 mm x 15 mm
Order nr. 309359 cart
Price € 21.90
KING Honing Stone small
KING Honing Stone small and wide
Grain size: 6000
for honing - removing the burr after sharpening
Size: 185 mm x 62 mm x 19 mm
(7-1/4 x 2-1/2 x 3/4 inch)
Order nr. 313610 cart
Price € 24.90
KING Honing Stone wide
KING Honing Stone wide
Grain size: 6000
fixed on plastic base
for honing - removing the burr after sharpening
Size: 210 mm x 73 mm x 22 mm
Order nr. 309356 cart
Price € 42.90
KING Honing Stone small and wide
KING Honing Stone small and wide
GOLD STONE
Grain size: 8000
for fine honing - removing the burr after sharpening
Size: 185 mm x 62 mm x 19 mm
(7-1/4 x 2-1/2 x 3/4 inch)
Order nr. 313611 cart
Price € 49,90
 
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