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Japanese Waterstones: Combination Stones, Small Whetstones

Japanese Waterstones: Combination Stones, Small Whetstones

For many people, a combination stone works well enough. For those who do a lot of sharpening, it can be a disadvantage that for every grit size, only one side of the stone is available for use. With a stone that has just one grit, both sides can be used. This can save time when, for instance, one finds that one side has become too hollowed out for effective sharpening: one can simply flip the stone and continue, without having to stop sharpening and flatten the stone immediately.

Our small Combination Stones and the Mini-Combination Stone with plastic grip are for everyone that needs an inexpensive stone that can be kept handy in the kitchen or workshop or tucked away in a travel tool kit, without investing too much cash.

Both the Cerax stones are, because of their particularly favorable mix of price and performance, much loved for sharpening knives. The beginner should choose the 1000/3000-grit combination, and for those with a little more experience, the 1000/6000-grit stone will give a better edge to knives.

Important advice: Because the Japanese stones derive much of their effectiveness from the fact that the grit is only loosely bound together, it is only logical that the glue holding the stones together cannot be bombproof, and it is not at all uncommon for combination stones to separate. This is not a ground for complaint or return. One can simply take a water-resistant household glue, and rejoin the two halves, or just leave them separate, and use them as regular, single-grit stones.

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.

SUEHIRO Combination Stone small
Grain size 1000/3000
for sharpening an honing.
A small stone for the limited budget.
Size 130 mm x 40 mm x 27 mm
Comes with plastic stone holder!
Code 312072CartPrice € 21.90
NANIWA Combination Stone small coarse
Economical Stone Series
Grain size 120/1000
for grinding down notches and general sharpening purposes. This is an ideal beginner’s stone.
Size 175 mm x 55 mm x 25 mm
Code 313345CartPrice € 19.95
NANIWA Combination Stone small
Economical Stone Series
Grain size 1000/3000
for sharpening and honing. This is an ideal beginner's stone.
Size 175 mm x 55 mm x 25 mm
Code 313346CartPrice € 19.95
NANIWA Coarse Stone small
Economical Stone Series
Grain size 120
for grinding down notches
Size 175 mm x 55 mm x 15 mm
Using this stone with the small Naniwa 1000/3000 stone makes for a high quality and at the same time least expensive solution for grinding, sharpening and honing.
Code 313340CartPrice € 16.50
NANIWA Sharpening stone small grain size 1000
Economical Stone Series
for general sharpening
WITHOUT stone holder!
Size 175 mm x 55 mm x 15 mm
Code 313341CartPrice € 16.50
NANIWA Honing stone small grain size 3000
Economical Stone Series
for removing the burr
WITHOUT stone holder!
Size 175 mm x 55 mm x 15 mm
Code 313342CartPrice € 19.00
NANIWA Combination Stone grain size 800/5000
Combination stone series for sharpening and honing
Now you can have the Naniwa stones’ quality in a combination stone. The only disadvantage to this, in common with all other combination stones, is that you have in every grit size only one surface to work with, and so one must resurface hollowed stones more often. Because of the slightly different working qualities of the Naniwa stones, the nominal grit size, 800/5000, of this stone is more comparable to the classic 1000/6000 sharpening-honing combination.
Size 210 mm x 70 mm x 20 mm
Code 313312CartPrice € 76.00
NANIWA Combination Stone grain size 3000/8000
Stone series for honing in two steps
This is the best combination stone for honing. With no other stone can one achieve so fine an edge.
Size 210 mm x 70 mm x 20 mm
Code 313314CartPrice € 89.00
KING Combination Stone small coarse
KING Combination Stone small coarse
Grain size 250/1000
for grinding down notches and general sharpening purposes
Size 205 mm x 50 mm x 25 mm
This is the ideal stone for sharpening axes and hatchets!
Code 309353CartPrice € 24.90
KING Combination Stone small fine
Grain size 1000/6000
for sharpening an honing.
Comes with plastic stone holder!
Size 185 mm x 63 mm x 25 mm
Code 309366CartPrice € 32.90
KING Combination Stone large
KING Combination Stone large
Grain size 1000/6000
for sharpening and honing.
The large one is recommended for use in conjunction with sharpening aids.
Size 207 mm x 66 mm x 36 mm
Code 309367CartPrice € 46.90
CERAX Combination Stone small
Grain size 1000/3000
for sharpening an honing.
Wide enough even for jointer plane blades! This is the stone to get fast results specially on knives.
This stone is very popular among knife owners. The beginner chooses this combination with 1000 and 3000 grit.
Size 182 mm x 62 mm x 27 mm
Code 312074CartPrice € 33.50
CERAX Combination Stone small
CERAX Combination Stone small
Grain size 1000/6000
for sharpening an honing.
Wide enough even for jointer plane blades! The 6000 grit honing side allows finest edges.
This stone is very popular among knife owners who are more experienced in sharpening knives.
Size 182 mm x 62 mm x 27 mm
Code 312073CartPrice € 37.90
BESTER Combination Stone Grit 1000/6000
The BESTER water stones, manufactured by Imanishi in Kyoto, Japan, feature a sharpening feel remarkably like that of natural stone. They are medium-hard stones, do not need very much water and cut metal quickly. In sharpening you hear and feel the effect of stone on the blade, but even so, when taking a look, you will be surprised by how quickly the stones cut. Those who have some experience with water stones will love the Besters, which offer a remarkably sensitive response and feel to the demands of the user when sharpening. This combination stone, being relatively hard, does not wear very quickly. One should allow him to soak for at least five minutes before use. The coarser side, to cut as quickly and easily as it is capable, will often need another short dip in the water after a few minutes of use. This stone works well on stainless as well as high carbon and tool steels. Sharpening and Honing with one stone!
Size 205 mm x 75 mm x 35 mm
Code 312560CartPrice € 65.00
SIGMA Select II Combination Stone 1000/6000 grit
The sharpening stone manufacturer SIGMA Power Corporation in Tokyo has designed these premium stones especially for tough-to-sharpen high alloy steels, like High Speed Steel, for instance. When using these stones, one can easily see it working, and they have a feel while sharpening remarkably like a natural water stone. In contrast with resin-magnesium or cement bound stones, these SIGMA Select-II stones have no binding material. The method used to bind the grit is much more like the process of making glass. As the stone is cooled, the viscosity is increased, hindering crystallization and the material emerges in an amorphous state. This process is expensive, but results in a stone that really eats its way through even the toughest steels.
Sharpening and honing with one stone!

SIGMA Select II Combination Stone 1000/6000 grit - Regular Size
Dimensions 205 mm x 75 mm x 30 mm
Code 312588CartPrice € 89.00

SIGMA Select II Combination Stone 1000/6000 grit - Small Size
Dimensions 180 mm x 57 mm x 25 mm
Currently not in stock!
Code 312592Cart Price € 49.00
KING Mini-Combination Stone with plastic handle
Grain size 250/800
versatile and cheap, handle with hand-protection! Suitable for axes and sickles too!
Note that this stone cannot replace a large stone, and sharpening takes longer. For tools which need precise angles such as chisels or plane blades this stone is not suitable.
Size of stone 80 mm x 30 mm x 10 mm each side
Length with handle 195 mm
Code 309357CartPrice € 14.50
KING Sickle Stone
KING Sickle Stone
Grain size 800
for sharpening
Japanese sickle stone, also very useful for smaller blades and when weight, size and low price matters.
Size 129 mm x 39 mm x 26 mm
Weight 260 g
Code 309355CartPrice € 8.50
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