The combined series of SUEHIRO NEW CERAX stones in the size of the working surface of 183 × 63 mm is virtually unmatched among abrasives from other manufacturers in terms of price / quality ratio. Optimal size, good ratio of grain sizes, very convenient stand (and at the same time a storage case and a soaking bath) that comes with the stone, the relatively low price and consistently high quality of SUEHIRO stones make the NEW CERAX line a leader in the class of combined stones.
The stones of the SUEHIRO NEW CERAX series are less whimsical to maintain than most water stones. They better tolerate changes in humidity and temperature and do not distort the flatness of the working surface of the stone during soaking. SUEHIRO NEW CERAX differs from the previous series in a narrower range of abrasive grain sifting, respectively, the grain density in the bars is higher and it is more uniformly distributed over the surface.
A bunch of SUEHIRO NEW CERAX stones has an average rigidity and is positioned as ceramic (in fact, this is indicated even by the first four letters in the name of this series, which coincide with the first letters of the English word ceramic). However, like most modern Japanese abrasive stones, a complex bond is still used, in this case - ceramic plus magnesia, which positions the stones of the SUEHIRO NEW CERAX series as clearly water-based, requiring soaking before use and not working with oil coolants (or rather, neither with anything other than pure cold water). The high grain density (the abrasive used in the SUEHIRO NEW CERAX series - aluminum oxide) in the stone creates a completely unique tactile response when sharpening, combining the feel of working on a relatively hard stone with the high metal removal rate inherent in soft bonds.
Stones of the SUEHIRO NEW CERAX series belong to sharpening stones of the middle price category and are recommended for use by both professional sharpening professionals and beginner sharpening enthusiasts. But this does not diminish the merits of this unique series. On the contrary, SUEHIRO NEW CERAX stones are so easy to use and unpretentious in maintenance that they immediately gained both the well-deserved love of beginner practitioners and the interest of professionals.
Another interesting feature of the SUEHIRO NEW CERAX series is that these stones are equally capable of working on most steels that can be encountered in the knife industry - including chromium-containing (stainless), high-alloy (quick cut), carbon steels, as well as powdered steels.
It is also impossible not to note the exceptional thoughtfulness of the design of the stone holder (simultaneously being a cover for storing the stone and a reservoir for soaking it), which ensures convenience and comfort in work. The storage case also serves as a compact soaking container, and when used as a stand, the stone is securely fixed in the grooves of the case. The case-holder is a transparent container with rubber feet-pads, which have a very good grip even with a wet flat surface, which prevents the structure from slipping during sharpening. During storage, the stand provides a gap between the stone and the case, which is necessary for ventilation of the stone surface.
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