The Suehiro "Ouka" #3000 Whetstone, sometimes (incorrectly) known as Rika #3000, has the same great feel and smoothness of the Rika 5K, but cuts a bit faster. The #3000 stone is an in-between grit that is probably not needed if you already have a 1K and 5K or 6K whetstone, but can serve as a bridge stone between a 1K and 8K whetstone.
The biggest benefit a #3000 whetstone serves, is it can be used for those who like to touch up their knives daily, or every 2-3 days. Starting your sharpening on a 1K whetstone is fine for relatively dull edges, but if your knives are fairly sharp, going on a 1K whetstone more than once a week would wear the knife down faster than necessary. Carry on the Rika lineage within the Suehiro professional family, the "Ouka" Whetstone #3000 offers great durability, reliability and sharpening satisfaction.
Made in Japan
- Origin: Niigata, Japan
- Grit No.: #3000
- Type: Soaking
- Dimension: 206 x 73 x 23mm (8.11 x 2.87 x 0.91")
- Weight: 630g (22.2oz)
- Material: Ceramic
- Grit Material: White Aluminum Oxide
- Base: Without Base (3000-DN)
- Includes a Nagura for adjusting
- Note: Suehiro no longer print the label directly on the surface of the stone. It now comes with a label made of cellophane film.
- Japanese Name: 末広「黄華」
How to use:
Pre-soak for between 5-10 minutes before use, and apply water on surface during sharpening when needed. Rinse and wipe dry with a hand towel when done, and allow air dry at room temp. Do not leave in water.
How to clean:
If the stone’s performance is slowing down, or seems to be diminishing, you can clean using a rust eraser, nagura stone (included), dressing stone, or a flattening plate. Be sure to clean the entire surface of the whetstone when using any of these methods to ensure even wear of the whetstone’s surface.