Easy and smooth cutting Shoubudani with a self slurrying buttery mud that cuts medium fast but leaves a nice fine hazy finish. An easy stone for a beginner or a good stone for medium fine finishing or as a progression stone before a much finer one. There is a shallow crack along the light colored mineral vein, price has been adjusted for this. Dark patches are not toxic.
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.