Lee Valley Japanese Water Stone
I bought their 1000/4000 water stone awhile ago . Anyone have this same stone it’s stamped made in japan. One side is brown the other tan, I couldn’t tell just by feel but am I right that the brown side is 1000 and the tan 4000? Also, for those using waterstones, do you always keep them submerged in water or just soak them for a few minutes before use? I didn’t like the idea of keeping a water filled container in the shop that I know will inevitably get knocked over. Thanks for you help.
Use the link below and scroll down and click on the 'Care and Use' tab directly below the picture of the stone. All your questions will be answered.
And you don't even have to go to the Care and Use section, the description has the answer: "They are economically priced, require only a quick soaking before use, ....."
My 1000 and 4000 I just soak for 15-20 minutes prior to use. Pretty much standard.
Attached is a screen grab from Lee Valley. The color of the King 4000-only stone is light tan and the King 1000-only stone is brown.
I'm guessing those colors hold true for the combo stone as well.