Moderate difficulty to use Shoubudani, fast cutting with a crisp feel, just barely self slurrying with a nice even milky kasumi finish. Can be graded a bit finer with very little to no water over used mud and light pressure. There is a shallow crack on the bottom right corner that might need to be carved out a little o prevent flakes from coming onto surface during work, and a tight seam in the upper left that might need gluing in the future, price is reduced for this.
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 quality looks like tiny black dots, or little sesame seeds in the stone. This quality typically translates to having a fast cutting speed.
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.
Meaning ‘pear-skin’, this aesthetic quality looks like tiny brown/pale dots on the stone. This quality can look similar to Su-holes on Suita stones as well as be a quality on Suita.
152x77x30mm 780 grams