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Japanese water stones: combination stones, small whetstones

Japanese water stones: combination stones, small whetstones

A combination stone is all many people need. The disadvantage if you do a lot of sharpening is that each grit grade is available only on one side of the stone, while with a single-grit stone both sides can be used. This saves time, for instance, if you find that one side has become too dished for effective sharpening: you simply turn the stone over and continue sharpening, leaving the flattening of the stone to a later date.

Our small combination stones and the mini-combination stone with a plastic grip are for anyone who needs an inexpensive stone that can be kept handy in the kitchen or workshop or tucked away in a travel tool kit.

Thanks to their very attractive price/performance ratio both the Cerax stones are much treasured for sharpening knives. A beginner would choose the 1000/3000 grit combination, while the more experienced user would benefit from the better knife edges that can be achieved with the 1000/6000 grit stone.

Important advice: Because the Japanese stones derive much of their effectiveness from the fact that the grit is only loosely bonded, it is only logical that the glue holding the stones together cannot be bombproof – it is not at all uncommon for combination stones to come apart. This is no reason to file a complaint or return the product. Simply take a water-resistant household glue and stick the two halves back together, or leave them separate and use them as regular, single-grit stones.
Use Japanese water stones with water only, never with oil! Soak a stone for five minutes before you begin to sharpen with it.

Water stones become concave with use and require periodic reconditioning. Our flattening stones will do this job. A flat stone is indispensable for effective sharpening, especially of flat chisel and plane blades.

Note: All grit grade specifications refer to the Japanese JIS norm.
Suehiro 1000/3000 small combination stone

Combination series
1000/3000 grit grade whetstone for

  • sharpening and honing
Size 130 mm x 40 mm x 27 mm

A small stone for a limited budget.
Comes with plastic stone holder!

Code 312072CartPrice € 21.90
Naniwa 120/1000 small combination stone

Multi stone series
120/1000 grit grade whetstone for

  • grinding down notches
  • general sharpening
Size 185 mm x 65 mm x 30 mm

An ideal beginner’s stone

Code 313345CartPrice € 19.95
Naniwa 1000/3000 small combination stone

Multi stone series
1000/3000 git grade whetstone for

  • sharpening and honing
Size 185 mm x 65 mm x 30 mm

An ideal beginner’s stone

Code 313346CartPrice € 19.95
Naniwa 120 small roughing stone

Economical stone series
120 grit grade whetstone for

  • grinding down notches
Size 175 mm x 55 mm x 15 mm

This stone makes for both a high-quality and a highly affordable solution for rough-grinding, sharpening and honing in combination with the small Naniwa 1000/3000 stone.

Code 313340CartPrice € 16.50
Naniwa 1000 sharpening stone

Economical stone series
1000 grit grade whetstone for

  • general sharpening
Size 175 mm x 55 mm x 15 mm

WITHOUT stone holder!

Code 313341CartPrice € 16.50
Naniwa 3000 honing stone

Economical stone series
3000 grit grade whetstone for

  • removing burrs after sharpening
Size 175 mm x 55 mm x 15 mm

WITHOUT stone holder!

Code 313342CartPrice € 19.00
Naniwa 800/5000 sharpening/honing stone

Combination stone series
800/5000 grit grade whetstone for

  • sharpening and honing
Size 210 mm x 70 mm x 20 mm

Now you can enjoy Naniwa quality in a combination stone. Note that as with all combination stones each grit grade is available on one side only. This means a dished stone must be reconditioned rather than just turned over. Because of the slightly different working qualities of Naniwa stones, the nominal 800/5000 grit grade of this stone is closer to a standard 1000/6000 sharpening-honing combination.

Code 313312CartPrice € 76.00
Naniwa 3000/8000 honing stone

Combination stone series
3000/8000 grit grade whetstone for

  • two-stage honing
Size 210 mm x 70 mm x 20 mm

The best combination stone for honing. No other stone achieves such a fine cutting edge.

Code 313314CartPrice € 89.00
King 250/1000 small roughing/sharpening stone

Combination stone series
250/1000 grit grade whetstone for

  • grinding down notches
  • general sharpening

Size 205 mm x 50 mm x 25 mm
The ideal stone for sharpening axes and hatchets!

Code 309353CartPrice € 24.90
King 1000/6000 small sharpening/honing stone

Combination stone series
1000/6000 grit grade whetstone for

  • sharpening and honing
Size 185 mm x 63 mm x 25 mm

Supplied with a plastic stone holder!

Code 309366CartPrice € 32.90
King 1000/6000 large sharpening/honing stone

Combination stone series
1000/6000 grit grade whetstone for

  • sharpening and honing
Size 207 mm x 66 mm x 36 mm

The larger variant is recommended when used in conjunction with sharpening aids.

Code 309367CartPrice € 46.90
Cerax 1000/3000 small sharpening/honing stone

Combination stone series
1000/3000 grit grade whetstone for

  • sharpening and honing
Size 182 mm x 62 mm x 27 mm

Wide enough even for jointer plane blades! A stone for fast results, whether on knives or woodworking tools. This stone is very popular with knife owners who are less experienced in sharpening knives.

Code 312074CartPrice € 33.50
Cerax 1000/6000 small sharpening/honing stone

Combination stone series
1000/6000 grit grade whetstone for

  • sharpening an honing
  • finest edges using the 6000 grit honing side
Size 182 mm x 62 mm x 27 mm

Wide enough even for jointer plane blades! This stone is very popular with knife owners who are more experienced in sharpening knives.

Code 312073CartPrice € 37.90
Bester 1000/6000 combination stone

Combination stone series
1000/6000 grit grade whetstone for

  • working on stainless steel
  • working on high-carbon and tool steel
  • sharpening and honing with one stone
Size 205 mm x 75 mm x 35 mm

Bester water stones, manufactured by Imanishi in Kyoto, Japan, generate a sharpening feel remarkably similar to that experienced with a natural stone. These medium-hard stones do not need very much water and will cut metal at a rapid rate. When sharpening you will hear and feel the effect of stone on the blade. When you check your work, you will be surprised by how much the stone has removed. Anyone with some experience of Japanese water stones will love this Bester with its positive responsiveness during the whole sharpening and honing process.

Being relatively hard, this combination stone does not wear very quickly. Allow for at least five minutes soaking time before use. The coarser side often profits from another quick dip in the water after a few minutes of sharpening to keep it cutting at its optimal rate.

Code 312560CartPrice € 65.00
King 250/800 mini-combination stone with plastic handle

250/800 grit grade whetstone for

  • a low-cost and versatile solution
  • general roughing and sharpening
  • sharpening axes and sickles
Size 80 mm x 30 mm x 10 mm both sides
Length with handle 195 mm

Note: This stone is not meant to replace a large stone and sharpening takes longer. The stone is not suitable for tools that rely on precisely ground angles and faces such as chisels or plane blades. Integral hand guard on handle!
Code 309357CartPrice € 14.50
King 800 Japanese sickle stone

800 grit grade whetstone for

  • sharpening sickles
  • sharpening smaller blades
Size 129 mm x 39 mm x 26 mm
Weight 260 g

Low-cost solution for applications where weight and size matter.

Code 309355CartPrice € 8.50
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