Hard fine Shoubudani stone, difficult to use without nagura, not self slurrying. Without a nagura it produces a very bright but scratchy finish on shirogami, with a nagura (softer tomo-ish nagura pictured included) it produces a fine near mirror kasumi finish, with different nagura a finer or more kasumi finish can be achieved. Not an easy stone, better for more experienced natural stone sharpeners. Price reduced for small shallow surface fissure in upper left corner.
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.
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.
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.