Suehiro Rika 5K
Suehiro Rika 5K
Suehiro Rika 5K

Suehiro Rika 5K

Item #: Rika5K

Average Customer Rating:
(5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews)

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Our Price: $49.95(You Save: $10.05)
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This waterstone is a great value. The stone has a nice feedback and is an excellent finishing stone to be used after you set the edge with a lower grit stone. The stone works better with a quick soak of about 5-10 minutes and measures 210 x 75 x 23mm.

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5  Great feel!, July 8, 2015
Posted By: David W

This stone is extremely nice to use from a standpoint of feel and control. It also cuts improbably fast and leaves a very hazy finish for its rated grit (the 2k "green brick" leaves a shinier polish if worked with lots of mud) plus it's just hard enough for me to do edge leading work without worrying about cutting in to the surface. Edges off this stone are aggressive and a bit toothy, but very useful for blades that don't need to be super polished to do their job.

The Rika 5k is a welcome addition to my progression and a very functional end point for pocket and kitchen blades.

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4  Great for the $, but Thirsty and Long Drying, February 4, 2015
Posted By: Jerry Denim

Great 5k stone for the money. Quickly cuts and polishes to a razor edge. Me personally I don't need nor want any finer edge on my kitchen knives than what the Suehiro Rika 5K can deliver. For my well maintained kitchen knives a minute or two per side on this stone alone brings them back to a very refined hair-shaving edge. My only grip about this stone is that it seems really thirsty for a 5K. This stone needs a brief soak to work well, which is not an issue. Problem is I can never seem to get it dry. I put it back in the box after two weeks of air-drying and it still sogged the box and started growing little moldy spots. Next time I used it I left it outdoors, in the sun, on a kitchen towe,l on a steel mesh table for a full day to dry. I then wrapped it in a clean dry kitchen towel with another stone and put it away in a well ventilated area. Two weeks later I removed the Suehiro 5K and found it was damp and clammy with the same little mold spots starting to form. You will need a strategy and a well-ventilated storage space somewhere in your home to dry this stone. It really holds water for a long time.

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5  Product Review, April 3, 2014
Posted By: Evan - verified customer

This is a great fine grit stone. Puts a near mirror finish on my double bevels (white #2 carbon AND vg-10 stainless). I also use it every morning to touch up microbevels. It laps easily, doesn't dish too fast, and has great feedback. I'd call it a good balance between hardness and softness. I've been sharpening with whetstones for about a year now and I'll say I would have preferred to start with this as my first fine stone rather than the 6000 grit side of the steelex style combo stone. Since this seems to be wearing none to quickly (i've been using it for about 6 weeks, lapping it a couple times a week), I'm happy to continue practicing with this stone for quite some time and may even re-up when the time comes. In addition, since I use a stone holder, I'm glad that this was available here without the base. The wooden base version seems to be much more common.

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5  Product Review, January 23, 2014
Posted By: Austin - verified customer

This stone is great for finishing a knife before stropping.

Gives a nice mirror polish and refines the edge even more, can't beat the bang for the buck. great quality for an incredibly low price.

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5  Product Review, October 23, 2011
Posted By: Omen Eagle - verified customer

Great stone for the money!!! It gets my 270mm Moritaka Gyuto very sharp very fast. Highly recommend this stone.

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5  Product Review, August 6, 2011
Posted By: cook - verified customer

Great Stone! I bought it because of the positive reviews and the low price. After putting my knives on a MinoSharp 1k stone, I can finish on this stone and get an edge that will shave my arm effortlessly.
The feedback on the stone is awesome and the edge is even better. Couldn't recomment this stone any more.

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5  Product Review, June 14, 2011
Posted By: Chris Morina - verified customer

Another great stone. I use it after the Bester 1200. Im very happy with the edge I get. Also use it ever other day for touch ups.

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5  Product Review, February 25, 2011
Posted By: Bryan - verified customer

The suehiro rika 5000 grit waterstone is a great stone and cuts extremely quickly, generating a good amount of slurry (which is good!). I use this as an intermediate stone between my random 1000 grit stone of unknown brand and origin, and the kitayama 8000 grit stone and does a fantastic job of sharpening.

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5  Product Review, February 2, 2011
Posted By: M. Conroy - verified customer

I am really loving this stone. Fills the gap from 1k to 8k very nice. this stone is on the soft side and cuts very fast.

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5  Product Review, September 16, 2010
Posted By: Roger - verified customer

This is my first whetstone so I'm still learning, but these seem like a solid buy and the prices/service/shipping were top notch at

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5  Product Review, September 5, 2010
Posted By: Greg Pett - verified customer

I must admit that my sharpening skill is not equal to this stone. I started off with a bestor 1200 and this suhiro rica 5000. Yes, I do get good edges with this as a polishing stone. In the process I have given this stone divits and have not flattened it yet. Yes I need to flatten it but I am on a budget. This is a softer stone and it takes practice to be able to sharpen on it without cutting gouges in the stone. Learn your blade angles on harder stones. Lately, I have been much better at holding an angle. But I am fully willing to admit it is not the stones fault. It is my fault.

So, through experience I can confidently say that learning on cheaper lesser grit stones how to hold your knife and stroke it during sharpening is invaluable. Tread gently on polishing stones as they are easier to gouge. Cheers!

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5  Product Review, August 14, 2010
Posted By: EJ - verified customer

Great finishing stone. Well worth the money.

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