A difficult stone that needs finesse and dry mud to produce a decent polish. Was on the brighter side of the polishing spectrum. Could be useful for ura and finishing harder steel. A aesthetically pleasing and uniform stone.
Weight: 937.6 grams
Hardness/Fineness: 4 / 4.5 (semi-mirror polish)
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.
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.