Posted By: Jerry DenimGreat 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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