It can be hard to find a good sharpening stone for modern stainless steels, which are so difficult to sharpen that even a Japanese waterstone will sometimes gunge up and cease to work. We had exactly that difficulty. However, we came upon the MISSARKA artificial stone. It is an artificial stone and an artificial name - concocted from Mississippi and Arkansas, the sources of the renowned natural stones which bear their names. The artificial product well deserves the combined title.
The natural stones are almost beaten by the whetting power of the MISSARKA. At the same time, the fineness of the razor edge produced is also better than that achieved with other artificial stones of similar grain size. The materials of which the stone is made, white and pink electro-corundum, have been sintered. In the process the sharp points of the corundum are rounded, so that the density of the stone increases and with it the keenness of the razor edge produced. The electro-corundum is pressed into blocks by means of a special technique that involves no bonding material. The latter is better avoided for fine hones because it causes gunging up when alloy steels are being sharpened.
The coarse side of the combination stone shown below is made of silicon carbide which does have bonding material included. The bond is not a problem for coarse-grained stones.
Kevin Wilkins, knife maker, recommend this stone for knife steels such as D2 oder ATS-34. It is also excellent for putting an edge on TWO CHERRIES chisels. The stone can be used with either water or oil. Note: if you once start using oil on the stone, you cannot go back to water.
Rusty knives and woodworking tools you can clean with our Rust Erazer very effectively.
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.
|200 x 50 x 16 mm|
|115 x 30 x 15 mm|
|150 x 50 x 25 mm|
|200 x 50 x 25 mm|
|200 x 60 x 25 mm|