Stone Fetish (Pics Bomb)

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Blog entry by yuri posted 03-16-2011 04:34 AM 3183 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, joke is aside and here is the story what happened to me recently. I was reading about what 4000 grit water stone stone to get. Got energized. Followed Stu’s ( forums) blog and read his reviews about stones. Oh NO, I could just blow if I do not get a stone.

I got intrigued by Suehiro Rika 5000 Grit Stone. Decided to get it. So I went online to find one. It turned out that got it and they have great price on it and free shipping on > $60. OK, I need to get something more … Ended up ordering. The package with my stones arrived pretty quickly.

Get thew out of the box. Nice.

Do you recognize any?

OK, here is the instigator, Suehiro Rika 5000 Grit Stone

Comes with the base

And paperwork, good looking and not possible to read. he-he, only if we ask our own Stu. He mentioned that he can read better than all of us together ;-)

Next is Shapton Pro, 1000. Everybody braves about them as most universal and no soaking required. I have to have one.


Several days ago I was flattening back of my chisel I recently got. The back was in bad shape and I was working and working on it. You know that nasty job. I got an idea that I need quick cutting stone. The result is bellow. Beston 500x Water Stone. The box is nothing special.

The back is even planer!

Came wrapped in paper.

Reading Stu’s review, I was intrigued by Arashiyama 1000 Grit. Stu did not put it as performance leader, thought checking his graphs I was intrigued, nevertheless. It cost a little compare to others so it got in my basket.

And the back of the box.

Inside. Surprise!!! It is charcoal!

that is end of my order… but wait, I am not done yet! Read and watch on.

Several days ago I got Shapton Glass Stone, 220x, I got from fellow on woodworking forum. I never see original packaging of this stone and pictures of them were from the back. Like that.

Sure it is nice, but I wanted to see them from all around. Here is your chance too.
The package



Now the meat

On a side

Another view

That is all about stones I got recently. Plus Veritas MkII jig! Here is the gang!

Not bad, huh?
OK, now you can ask how did I sharpen my tools before? I was not empty handed

Left to right, they are King 8000, 8”, with base King 4000, smaller, 6” king small with base, 6” That is my first water stone. I got it at time when I was not infected with woodworking, but have to have it for my chef knife. Though, that chief knife was decent, but cheap. At that time I even did not know that it is water stone. I got it from local oriental supermarket. I loved it and do it even now because it has best feel. Bester 2000, 8”, meaty. I got it after I bought Japanese Tajiro 9.5” chef knife. I have to have better stone. At that time I got familiar with water stones. Great stone.

Next is Shapton Pro 8000x and DMT extra coarse diamond plate. I use DMT mostly to flatten my water stones. It may get sticky to stones, but do its job well.

Now I need something to sharpen. I got something. Set of chisels recent)

and little bit more

love these Mora knives. I do not do carving but they are frequently pretty handy. And cost almost nothing but steel is unbelievably good and two of them even laminated steel.
And you see bottle opener. I got the second fridge in my garage and guess what I need to open?

These guys love to be sharpened too, believe me.

And last companion, couple Narex’s and some unknown to me Japanese chisels.

Ooh. I am done now.

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 05:07 AM

Wow that’s a lot of stones…. Makes my hand feel all crampy just thinking about sharpening all those….. or maybe it is crampy from using the trackpad to scroll. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 10:18 AM

Impressive collections of stones and planes.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 07:32 PM

congrat┬┤s with the new set of waterstone┬┤s :-)
I have a set of japanese waterstones too and they are realy a blast to use with the veritas Jiig

good luck with your new toys


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#4 posted 03-16-2011 08:07 PM

That Shapton 220 is niiiiiiiiiice. My hat’s off to you. I’ve never bought more than one stone at a time. It just hurts ($$$) too bad.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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