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Whetstones (Toishi)

In back, left to right:
Fine Ceramic Toishi, Natural Toishi, with Nagura Stone, Coarse Ceramic Toishi, Honing Compound and Leather Honing Block
In front:
Molded Ceramic Toishi and four Ceramic Slipstones

Maintaining sharp, mirror-like edges on carving tools is essential for smooth and precise cutting. This sharpening is done using either natural sedimentary or ceramic water stones.

You can also maintain the edge on your tools for a very long time by frequently honing them on a leather strop or Leather Honing Block.

Patience and lots of practice will teach you the correct way to keep your tools in top condition. For detailed instructions, go to Basic Instructions and look under "Whetstones" or call McClain's: 800-832-4264.

FYI, the grit descriptions are in Japanese, or JIS, units. These are different from U.S. grit units. Click here to see a full conversion chart (compiled by Smokintbird).

McClain's also offers professional sharpening by our tool manufacturer. For more information, please go to Professional Services.