A great value entry level stone from Suehiro Japan, perfect as your first stone or testing the waters to see if you're going to get into sharpening further.
- Suehiro EKN183-B
- Grit: 1000 (Medium) and 6000 (Fine-Finishing)
- Whetstone Size: 179 x 61 x 28mm
- Cleaning Stone Included
- Rubber Base Included
- Made in Japan
Japanese Sharpening Stones (Whetstones)
The consensus for sharpening Japanese kitchen knives, as well as Japanese woodworking tools, is the use of a whetstone. Dry grinding can affect temper (effectively ruining your knife or tool) and diamond plates are often too aggressive (removing too much material).
All Japanese whetstones will require flattening after use, no matter what type of stone, or the style of your sharpening, all whetstones will begin to dish over time. We recommend a ceramic flattening stone, or diamond plate for this task. For more info, check out Selecting a Japanese Whetstone.