Easy to use Shoubudani, fast cutting with a sizzly buttery feel, easily 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. Great for beginners or as a stone for a natural progression series.
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.
139x82x41mm 1104 grams