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Whetstones (Toishi)
three grits of Ceramic Toishi

Ceramic Toishi
fine, medium and coarse Ceramic Toishi

Everyone from beginners to professional artists use ceramic stones. Ceramic stones come in three grits: shiageto (fine), chudo (medium), and arato (coarse). Use the shiageto stone regularly to keep tools in top condition and the chudo stone occasionally when the tool is quite dull. The arato stone is reserved for grinding out nicks.

When you are using ceramic stones, it is a good idea to use a Nagura Stone. These soft stones are rubbed on the wet ceramic stone, creating a paste that aids in sharpening the blade.

  Ship Weight Price Enter Quantity
S3210 Flat Shiageto (fine: 6,000 grit) Ceramic Toishi
2.5" x 7.25"
1.0 $49.95

S3211 Flat Chudo (medium: 1,000 grit) Ceramic Toishi
2" x 6"
1.0 $22.50

S3212 Flat Arato (coarse: 240 grit) Ceramic Toishi
2" x 8.25"
1.2 $30.80

two grits of Molded Ceramic Toishi

Molded Ceramic Toishi
fine and medium Molded Ceramic Toishi

Molded Ceramic Toishi feature pre-formed grooves for sharpening u-gouges. The separate slipstone (at the top) has both a narrow and a broad edge used to remove the burr that forms on the inside of v- and u-gouges as the bevel side of the tool is being sharpened. (Do not try to sharpen the inside face of your tool on the slipstone; this will create a second bevel, effectively dulling the tool so it will no longer carve well.) The back of the stone can be used as a flat stone for any tool shape.

  Ship Weight Price Enter Quantity
S3421 Molded Shiageto (fine: 4,000 grit) Ceramic Toishi
2.5" x 4.25" (6.5 x 10.8 cm)
1.0 $39.75

S3422 Molded Chudo (medium: 1,000 grit) Ceramic Toishi
2.5" x 4.25" (6.5 x 10.8 cm)
1.4 $31.35

*Currently out of stock. More should arrive in January, 2024. If you order one of these tools, it will be placed on backorder and shipped as soon as possible. You will not be charged until we ship it and there is no additional shipping charged on backorders shipped within the U.S. Thank you for your patience.