Easy mellow self slurrying stone that gives a mellow fine hazy ‘kasumi’ finish with moderate amounts of water and pressure. Can be made finer by letting a worked slurry dry a bit with light presssure and small strokes. An excellent easy to use fine finisher here, great for a beginner but would be appreciated by an experienced natural stone user as well.
175x74x35mm 1053 grams
Hardness/ Fineness: 3.5 / 3.5-4 (bright kasumi)
A ‘Higashi-Mono’ (Eastern Mine) whetstone that is close in proximity to Takashima and Wakasa, two mines known for their high density stones.
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.
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.
Translating to ‘cat-fish’, this aesthetic quality looks like white blotches on the stone. Usually this quality has a great sharpening feel that is smooth and tactile. In extreme cases of Namazu where the stone is very hard, it can be scratchy with too much pressure.