This stone still needs light pressure even though its easy to use. It can be used with different amounts of water and gives a nice bright finish on the core steel. It cuts fast for how hard it is. Would be a great portable whetstone for anyone working in a professional kitchen or on-site woodworking, as well as for anyone at home who wants a smaller stone. A uniform and clean stone with not too many aesthetic features.
Weight: 805 grams
Hardness/Fineness: 4 / 4
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.