Kit and Tools Tuesdays - Toishi-Ohishi Waterstones archive

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Derek Jones looks at these serious waterstones from Classic Hand Tools

I bought my first set of waterstones as a 6,000/10,000 combination stone some 20 years ago and the fact that I still have it suggests that it hasn't seen much action. Tha's certainly true and when we received a set of four Toishi-Ohishi stones for use in the workshop, I'm beginning to realise why. For sure, there's nothing wrong with the medium as long as you have a better range than I started out with. This set comprises 1,000, 6,000, 8,000 and 10,000 grit stones and will get you as sharp as you'll ever need to be, as quick as you need if good primary bevels are established. To complete the set and give you more flexibility, I'd suggest something a little coarser like 220 or 600 to flatten new irons and re-work a primary bevel if you're lacking either a grinding wheel or diamond plate. A Nagura correcting stone should be part of your armoury if you want to keep them in tip top condition and even a DMT lapping plate to ensure best results. It's at this point you notice the severity of your addiction as the investment starts to creep up to something close to £350. We'll let you know how this pans out.


Price; £359.23

Contact: Classic Hand Tools

Tel: 01473 784 983


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