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Japanese Waterstones: Mizukihara Natural Waterstones

Japanese Waterstones: Mizukihara Natural Waterstones

The stones on this page have been mined in Mizukihara, very close to the famous Ohira mines west of Kyoto. For more information regarding natural Japanese sharpening stones, please note our general notes on Japanese natural sharpening and honing stones.

Because these stones have an irregular shape, all measurements are only approximations. In the description of each stone we provide length, height and width dimensions. However, the external dimensions do not provide much information about the available Grinding surface:. So to provide you with an idea of the available Grinding surface: - which is probably what really interests you - we have two imaginary rectangles measured on each stone: a short and wide rectangle, and the other longer and narrower. We think this provides a very good idea of the Grinding surface: available.

Irregular stones are not at all points of equal thickness. If the stone is simply placed only on a flat table, the stone may sit unevenly, at an incline for example. It is recommended that the stone therefore be used with a thin spacer or shim underneath the thinner parts, to level the stone. This will help ensure that you have a horizontal surface to work upon when grinding or sharpening, and can therefore help you achieve accurate results.

Mizukihara Natural Honing Stone Nr. 315557
Mizukihara Natural Honing Stone
Grit size (estimated): more than 7000
Overall size 215 mm x 125 mm x 40 mm
Grinding surface 190 x 100 mm oder 205 x 65 mm
Weight 2405 g
Rear view
Note: every stone looks different! The stone for sale here is the one in the photo.
Characteristics: large, nearly rectangular grinding surface, homogenous, some scratches
Colour: grey
Code 315557CartPrice € 339.00
Mizukihara Natural Honing Stone nr. 315574
Mizukihara Natural Honing Stone
Grit size (estimated): more than 7000
Overall size 220 mm x 170 mm x 24 mm
Grinding surface 190 x 70 mm or 110 x 90 mm
Weight 1446 g
Rear view
Note: every stone looks different! The stone for sale here is the one in the photo.
Characteristics: The white points in the brownish area are small holes which do not affect sharpening capabilities.
Colour: grey, brown flecks
Code 315574CartPrice € 249.00
Mizukihara Natural Honing Stone nr. 315576
Mizukihara Natural Honing Stone
Grit size (estimated): more than 7000
Overall size 290 mm x 170 mm x 34 mm
Grinding surface: rectangular 170 x 70 mm or three square 190 x 220 x 140 mm
Weight 2390 g
Rear view
Note: every stone looks different! The stone for sale here is the one in the photo.
Characteristics: hairline cracks crossing the entire surface, sharpening capabilities are not affected.
Colour: light grey to brownish
Code 315576CartPrice € 270.00
Mizukihara Natural Honing Stone nr. 315577
Mizukihara Natural Honing Stone
Grit size (estimated): more than 7000
Overall size 280 mm x 150 mm x 30 mm
Grinding surface 110 x 70 mm
Weight 1839 g
Rear view
Note: every stone looks different! The stone for sale here is the one in the photo.
Characteristics: small sharpening surface compared with stone size. Front right some grooves
Colour: grey
Code 315577CartPrice € 239.00
Mizukihara Natural Honing Stone nr. 315579
Mizukihara Natural Honing Stone
Grit size (estimated): more than 7000
Overall size 190 mm x 180 mm x 63 mm
Grinding surface 130 x 90 mm or 140 x 70 mm
Weight 3990 g
Rear view
Note: every stone looks different! The stone for sale here is the one in the photo.
Characteristics: Apart from some small holes very homogenous
Colour: light grey to brownish
Code 315579CartPrice € 278.00
Mizukihara Natural Honing Stone nr. 315580
Mizukihara Natural Honing Stone
Grit size (estimated): more than 7000
Overall size 225 mm x 150 mm x 40 mm
Grinding surface 135 x 75 mm or 150 x 60 mm
Weight 2178 g
Rear view
Note: every stone looks different! The stone for sale here is the one in the photo.
Characteristics: surface very fine and homogenous, right from stamp small hole
Colour: grey
Code 315580CartPrice € 279.00
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