An aesthetically pleasing whetstone on the softer side. It's easy to use and would work well as a pre-polishing stone for setting a bright kasumi, this stone makes a bright but hazy finish. This stone would be an excellent finisher for kitchen knives where you would want a slightly toothier edge.
Weight: 708 grams
Hardness/Fineness: 3.5 / 3.5 (kasumi with brighter core steel)
Iromono is a term that represents a broad range of colors, usually purples, oranges, yellows, and greens. Usually the colors are shown in swirls and waves. A lot of nice Shoubudani and Ohira polishing stones feature Iromono color palettes.
A ‘Higashi-mono’ (Eastern Mine Stone), Shoubudani is well known for producing a wide range of stones with different hardness and fineness. The Shoubudani mine produces some of the higher quality natural whetstones that are akin to Nakayama mine stones in their beautiful finish.