Japanese Waterstones

Japanese Waterstones

King brand synthetic Japanese Waterstones are made up of abrasive particles bound into a friable clay matrix. The matrix is designed to wear down, creating a paste of loose grit on the surface and ensuring that fresh, sharp new grit is continuously being exposed.

Waterstones propensity for wear can be exploited to produce a microscopic concavity in the back of a blade, thus ensuring that when you move on to a freshly flattened polishing stone, the critical area adjacent to the cutting edge makes contact with the polishing stone. When I first started using Japanese Waterstones I rubbed my fingers raw trying to flatten a blade with a 1000 grit stone because I didn't know any different. If it is taking much longer than a minute or two on a surface, you should be probably using a coarser stone.

All of the stones in this section are wide enough to take a 2-3/8" plane iron, all except the 10,000 grit have two working faces for maximum versatility.

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  1. Basic Japanese Waterstone Sharpening Kit

    £84.96

    £94.40

    Everything you need to start sharpening with King Japanese waterstones in one box.

    The coarse 220 grit water stone removes material quickly - ideal for restoring primary cutting bevels and initial back flattening. The 1200 grit side of the combination waterstone replaces the scratch pattern with a fine, misted finish that can easily be polished to a bright mirror shine with the 8000 grit side.

    There’s a Nagura dressing st...
  2. Deluxe Waterstone Sharpening Kit

    £177.03

    £196.70

    The complete King Japanese waterstone sharpening kit for professional results.

    The coarse 220 grit water stone removes material quickly - ideal for restoring primary cutting bevels and initial back flattening. The 1000 grit waterstone produces a finely misted finish that forms the basis of the polish. The surface is then refined by polishing through the previous finish, first on the 4000 grit water stone, then the 6000 grit waters...

  3. King Japanese Combination Waterstone 1200/8000 grit

    Regular Price: £54.00

    Special Price £48.60

    Premium quality synthetic 1200/8000 grit Japanese Waterstone (medium / extra fine). If you are new to Japanese water stones this is an excellent place to start. The 1200 side produces a fine slightly misted finish and will produce a secondary bevel in a few strokes, The 8000 side, correctly prepared with a Nagura stone (not included), creates a high polish for a truly mouthwatering edge.

    If using this stone on its own we recommend usin...
  4. King Japanese Waterstone 220 grit

    Regular Price: £34.00

    Special Price £30.60

    Premium quality synthetic 220 grit (coarse) Japanese Waterstone. Fast yet controlled removal of metal for initial preparation of chisel backs and (if you use secondary bevels) restoring primary bevels. 185mm x 63mm x 25mm...
  5. King Japanese Waterstone 1000 grit

    Regular Price: £30.60

    Special Price £27.54

    Premium quality synthetic 1000 grit (medium) Japanese Waterstone. 1000 grit stones are used for sharpening prepared tools, they remove wear bevels quickly but leave a refined surface that is ready for polishing. Don’t try to do too much material removal with a 1000 grit stone - if you are doing more than a dozen strokes on it, you probably should have started with a coarser stone. 185mm x 63mm x 25mm...
  6. King Japanese Waterstone 4000 grit

    Regular Price: £25.70

    Special Price £23.13

    Premium quality synthetic 4000 grit (intermediate) Japanese Waterstone. 4000 grit stones are an intermediate finishing stone, You will get a better edge faster by working from 1000 through 4000 before going on to finer polishing stones than you would going straight to the polishing stone. 185mm x 62mm x 19mm...
  7. King Japanese Waterstone 6000 grit

    Regular Price: £27.60

    Special Price £24.84

    Premium quality synthetic 6000 grit (fine) Japanese Waterstone. 6000 grit stones are usually the final stage of polishing for routine sharpening. There is benefit to be had by going finer but the additional benefit diminishes the further you go. 6000 grit and finer stones need to be used with a Nagura stone to build up a sharpening paste on the surface and prevent the surface from glazing, they don’t need pre-soaking just a light spray of w...
  8. King Japanese Waterstone 10,000 grit

    Regular Price: £85.00

    Special Price £76.50

    Premium quality synthetic 10,000 grit (superfine) Japanese Waterstone with wooden base and Nagura. 10,000 grit stones produce an exquisite final polish, supplied with a Nagura stone to build up a sharpening paste on the surface and remove any glazing, this stone does not need pre-soaking, just a light spray of water as required. 205mm x 75mm x 25mm...
  9. Shinwa Pocket Microscope 60x-100x with LED Light

    £19.90

    Sometimes it's really useful to get a really close look at a surface; comparing the scratch patterns left by different sharpening stones, or perhaps encouraging youngsters to explore a fascination with nature?

    This simple but effective pocket sized microscope from Japanese metrology specialists Shinwa (the people who make those really nice squares and rules) is adjustable to give 60x to 100x magnification, as handy as a Jewellers lo...

  10. King Japanese Superfine Nagura Stone 12,000 grit

    £8.90
    The King Japanese Nagura stone is a dressing stone, used to encourage a paste on the surface of polishing stones (6000 grit and above) and remove the black glazing that occurs during sharpening. This premium quality synthetic Nagura stone is suitable for use with waterstones up to 10,000 grit. 75mm x 26mm x 24mm...
  11. King Japanese Nagura Stone 8,000 grit

    £5.50
    This Nagura stone is a dressing stone, used to encourage a paste on the surface of polishing stones (6000 grit and 8000 grit) and remove the black glazing that occurs during sharpening. This high quality synthetic Nagura stone is suitable for use with waterstones up to 8000 grit. 70mm x 20mm x 24mm ...
  12. Drywall Screen 5m Roll - 100 grit

    £4.90
    Drywall Sanding Screen is made with a sharp silicon carbide mineral for long-lasting performance with an open mesh cloth backing which reduces loading. This coarse abrasive is excellent for shaping timber either by hand or on the lathe, it is also a popular choice for flattening coarse waterstones. Waterproof and can be rinsed for reuse....
  13. Shield Technology HoneRite Gold Water Additive 250ml

    £18.00
    Shield Technology HoneRite Gold is a highly concentrated water additive that makes water non-corrosive. One 250ml tin is enough to treat six litres of water! Suitable for use with powered wetstone grinders (Tormek etc), diamond stones and all types of waterstones. 250ml makes 6 litres...
  14. Shield Technology HoneRite No.1 Honing Fluid 250ml

    £15.50
    Shield Technology HoneRite Number 1 is an ultra low viscosity honing fluid developed for use with oilstones. It also makes a very clean alternative to camellia oil for scary sharpening. As well as lubricating it provides active corrosion protection to your tools and keeps the stones cutting freely. HoneRite Number 1 can also be used to clean up and rejuvenate old clogged stones and can be wiped onto tools before putting them away to protect...
  15. Spray Bottle

    £3.50
    Maintaining the consistency of the slip on the surface of a Japanese waterstone is the critical if you want the best results (aim for a thin layer with about the same consistency as single cream). An occasional spritz with a spray bottle will replace moisture lost to evaporation and keep the stone cutting freely. Made from high density polyethylene....
  16. Anti Skid Mat 400mm x 300mm

    £2.40
    Rubberised anti slip matting, ideal for keeping your waterstones or glass lapping plate in place.

    400mm x 300mm approx.

    Colour may vary
    Waterproof and can be rinsed for reuse....
  17. Diamond Pocket Hone

    £7.50
    These inexpensive little diamond stones are indispensable for jobs like stoning the set back on handsaw blades, squaring the edges of cabinet scrapers and removing wear bevels on small knife blades. This little pocket hone is of far eastern origin but it is flat, well bonded and does everything I'd expect from a much more expensive hone, why pay more? 25mm x 75mm x 6mm...
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