Double sided water stone from one of the finest manufacturers of sharpening stones in Japan, Suehiro. The standard 1000 grit side is for sharpening, while the fine 3000 grit side is for finishing. Proper maintenance of a knife, scissors and any cutting tool is very important. A sharp, well honed edge is essential for a clean cut. There are a number of ways to sharpen knives and tools, but water stones are the preferred method, because the user has absolute control during the sharpening process. Japanese whetstones in particular are said to produce a finer edge than North American stones due to the unique bonding process of the stone during manufacturing. A non-slip rubber base is included with this stone. This is a compact stone, making it ideal for small knives, scissors, hobby knives, etc. The size also makes it a good choice for those who value portability, such as caterers, campers and fishermen.