Regularly sharpening your knives should be a priority for any cook. Cutting yourself is just about an inevitability if you are working with knives. A sharp knife means less force is required to slice through produce and forceful chopping and slicing is going to make any accidents more severe. However, sharp knives also reduce bruising of produce and yield cleaner more athletically pleasing results. The Suehiro Cerax whetstone #700 grit is a great stone for those looking to re-set and hone the edge of their blades and can also be used to repair any minor chips or imperfections in the blade edge. For more severe damage we suggest using the #320 grit stone from the Cerax range.
The Cerax #700 grit stone from Suehiro along with a good quality sharpening (#1000-#3000) and polishing stone (#5000+) is all you need to keep your knives in good condition. Modern Cooking stocks a range of Suehiro whetstones as well as some other brands to suit each of these purposes. We also recommend regularly using a honing still to keep you burr straight and true between sharpening’s.
The Suehiro Cerax whetstone series delivers premium grade sharpening at an affordable price. The stones cut well and provide great tactile feedback allowing you to achieve a great edge, with a minimum of time and effort.
Suehiro whetstones are made in Japan and have a reputation for producing high-quality, cost-effective products. The Cerax range are produced using premium abrasive material and minimal bonding agents. The stones are designed to last and perform well under both household and professional conditions.
While using the Suehiro Cerax whetstone #700, we found that the stones have superior tactile feedback, they don’t load up as much as other stones we have tried, and within a few strokes we already had a good burr. The fast cutting nature of these stones gave us the impression that they would easily last for a few years under heavy use.
The whetstone has a wide surface making it easy to make long passes across the entire blade length of even the biggest knives in your collection. These whetstones are soaking stones and require around 15-minute soaking time in water before use as well as an occasional splash during use. Unlike splash and go style stones these stone develop quite a bit of slurry, which aids in removing material and reducing load up.
The Suehiro Cerax whetstone #700 comes with a rubber base in the box, but we always suggest using a sink bridge or a tea towel to ensure the stone doesn’t move around while sharpening. Our preference is for a sink bridge as it allows you to sit the stone under a tap making it easy to splash the stone down every now and then as necessary.
We also have an entry level knife sharpening kit that includes a sharpening steal and sink bridge. However, we also have professional sharpening kits and whetstones for those who are really serious about knife care and maintenance.