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Japanese Waterstones: Suehiro and Cerax

Japanese Waterstones: Suehiro and Cerax

The Japanese waterstone manufacturer Suehiro, from Niigata Province, makes the Suehiro und Cerax brands. Cerax is the most popular of the two. Cerax stones are notable for the fact that they do not erode as quickly as classic Japanese water stones. With the 8000 grit stone, one can achieve the sharpest and most mirror-polished blade. Aside from that, we offer the classic SUEHIRO 6000 grit honing stone and also a 3000 grit stone to bridge between sharpening and honing.

We recommend that SUEHIRO and CERAX stones not be left in their water baths too long. It is enough to put them in five minutes before use. The surface of these stones can erode if they are stored too long in water. This is not really a disadvantage however. It happens because there is relatively little binder in the stones: less binder - so quicker cutting as dull particles come loose and allow the fresh, sharp grit to come into play. Baked of Aluminium oxide added with bond and filler.

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 Honing Stone wide Grain size 3000
for honing - removing the burr after sharpening
for all who consider the step from 1000 to 6000 as too large. Size 207 mm x 73 mm x 23 mm
With Nagura stone 62 mm x 15 mm x 15 mm
Code 312070CartPrice € 42.90
Honing Stone SUEHIRO RIKA with Holder Grain size 5000
This stone ideal for beginners.
The removal of the soft surface material is easily sensed and clearly detectable. It has a balanced, medium hardness and achieves a light matt finish. The Suehiro Rika is also suited for resharpening of quality blades without pre-grinding with a larger grained stone. Before honing, the stone should be immersed into water for 5-10 minutes. After use, please ensure complete drying of the stone. The plastic holder is firmly glued on.
Size 205 mm x 73 mm x 23 mm
Code 312077CartPrice € 55.00
SUEHIRO Honing Stone wide Grain size 6000
or honing - removing the burr after sharpening
Size 207 mm x 73 mm x 23 mm
Comes with small Nagura stone 62 x 20 x 15 mm
Code 312071CartPrice € 59.90
CERAX Sharpening Stone Grain size 700
for fast sharpening
less wash out than classical water stones
with removable non-slip rubber sheet
Size 207 mm x 73 mm x 28 mm
Code 312090CartPrice € 38.90
CERAX Sharpening Stone
Grain size 1000
for fine sharpening
less wash out than classical water stones
with removable non-slip rubber sheet
Size 210 mm x 73 mm x 28 mm
Code 312091CartPrice € 39.90
CERAX Honing Stone Grain size 6000
for honing
with artificial Nagurastone
Size 205 mm x 73 mm x 22 mm
Code 312092CartPrice € 66.90
CERAX Honing Stone Grain size 8000
for honing
with artificial Nagurastone
for polished mirror side of chisels and blades and for the sharpest edge
Size 205 mm x 73 mm x 22 mm
Code 312093CartPrice € 79.90
Artificial Nagura Stone to build up a slurry of paste on waterstones for polishing. A Nagura stone makes the surface of the whetstone slippier and prevents the tool from sticking.
Colour may change, red or white, dependent on availability
Minimum size 70 mm x 18 mm x 10 mm
Code 312129CartPrice € 5.50
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