Super easy to use, fast Aiiwatani. Easy cutting medium hard stone that leaves a bright kasumi finish that can be graded to a sub mirror kasumi if used on a dryish slurry with very little pressure. Self slurrying and easy to use, can be graded to a finer finish if dry mud is gently worked, not common on a stone of this low hardness.
Could use some flattnening on bottom.
Sealed with cashew lacquer
Graded at LV3.5 Hard 3.5+-4 Fineness on a 1-5 scale
140x88x27mm at widest points 830 grams
This aesthetic term refers to the general color of the stone. Typically, Asagi stones are grey, light blue, greyish-blue/green, and tan. They are usually quite clean stones that are on the harder side. However, softer Asagi stones are great for knife polishing.
A ‘Higashi-Mono’ (Eastern Mine) whetstone that is close in proximity to Takashima and Wakasa, two mines known for their high density stones. Aiiwatani are great shiage-toishi(fine stones) when you are looking for a refined edge. Typically more mellow in cutting action, but this can lead to a cleaner polish.