A thinner whetstone from the Ohira mine. Slightly muddy once you get working with it, it can produce a nice hazy to semi-mirror polish when used with lighter pressure. Try to experiment with different amounts of water. We found it worked well with a little bit of water. This whetstone will be great for finishing edges on tools and smaller knives!
Hardness/Fineness: 4 / 4
A ‘Nishi-Mono’ or Western mine that produces some of the highest quality whetstones. This mine is most popular for producing Uchigumori, which is a famous stone type used for sword polishing. For knife users however, we love Ohira Uchigumori to produce a dark jigane and frosty hagane. Ohira mine also produces highly sought after Suita and Tomae stones of various hardness, typically having a fast cutting speed and a toothy yet refined edge.
This aesthetic quality looks like tiny black dots, or little sesame seeds in the stone. This quality typically translates to having a fast cutting speed.
This term refers to ‘rings’ or darker lines streaming through the stone. Typically seen on harder dense stones.