Easy to use fast cutting Aiiwatani with a mellow buttery feel, it cuts easily with lots of water and pressure and also can be graded finer by letting the mud dry a bit and reducing pressure and stroke length. An easy to use size to boot.
A ‘Higashi-Mono’ (Eastern Mine) whetstone that is close in proximity to Takashima and Wakasa, two mines known for their high density stones. Aiiwatani are great shiage-toishi(fine stones) when you are looking for a refined edge. Typically more mellow in cutting action, but this can lead to a cleaner polish.
The Asagi aesthetic refers to the general color of the stone. Typically, Asagi stones are grey, greyish-blue, or grey-green. There are a few other examples of Asagi. They are usually quite clean stones that are on the harder side, however softer Asagi stones are great for knife polishing.
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.
162x67x27mm 759 grams