Japanese Waterstones - Toishi
In Japan, the importance of correct sharpening is given high status as the Japanese reason that perfect work can only be accomplished with a perfectly sharpened blade. It is not just the quality of Japanese tools that excite craftsmen but also the quality of the sharpening. Japanese edge tools, chisels, planes, kiridashis etc. are honed exclusively on special Japanese waterstones.
We have been testing these Waterstones for a few months and they compare extremely favourably with the Norton Waterstones. Author and cabinetmaker John Lloyd recommends both the Norton and these new Japanese Waterstones to his students and at various woodworking shows.