This is the largest Chinese waterstone we stock at 200 x 75mm and typically around 28/29mm thick. Weighs approximately 1200g so this is a hefty stone. They are approximately 12k (12,000) and are set at a very keen price when you compare to a BBW. These are ‘natural’ stones and very hard, much harder than either the Belgian stones or the Naniwas offered elsewhere on this site.
These stones offer a budget alternative to the Belgian and Japanese stones and are ideal for ‘touching-up’ the edge of your straight razor when the strop can’t quite get it back to shave-readiness. As they are so hard though they cut slowly. Also, quite a few of them have small chips to the edges – this doesn’t affect their performance and these can be removed with a dressing stone or wet’n’dry paper. Equally they may need to be lapped before use though most seem to have a nice flat face with maybe just a few scratches which need to be taken out. If they do need lapping the usual method is with some wet’n’dry paper and a sheet of glass. All this is reflected in the price. The upside? An excellent finishing stone for anyone on a tight budget or who wishes to give honing a try before committing to a much more expensive hone. Excellent value for money.