About This Item
Kozaki Awasedo Japanese Natural Whetstone from Kameoka 2494g (5lb. 8oz.)
#3000 to #4000 Grit (from higher side of medium grit to lower side of the fine girt)
It is a wide and thick hard Kozaki Awasedo whetstone that is hard to come by. Kozaki is very famous for one of high quality Aoto mine, but Kozaki area used to yield Awasedo (fine girt hones) for a long time ago too.
It produces great amount of the slurry. It is not too hard and not too soft hone. (Scale; 1 to 10, 1-3 is very soft muddy rough grit whetstone 3-6 is soft medium grit whetstone, 6-8 is hard medium grit whetstone, 8-10 is fine grit whetstone)
Particle Size--------- 8.6
My blue II steel blade knife Jigane became cloudy silver color, and Hagane became semi-mirror finish. (Scale; 1 to 10, 1-3 give deep scratch marks to the steel, 3-5 is delete the 1-3 scratches, 5-8 makes the steel cloudy, 8-10 makes the steel semi-mirror finish or mirror finish)
The Kozaki Aoto mine was closed more than 30 years ago. Kyoto Kameoka Miyazaki, Kozaki town is the most famous place for Aoto mine.
Natural whetstone has more wide capacity than artificial whetstone, and actually, we do not know until sharpen blade on the stone. Sometimes, treasure whetstone is found after used it for a while. Never know until then.