About This Item
Mizukihara Awasedo Japanese Natural Sharpening Stone 2040g (4lb. 8oz. )
It looks more like suita or uchigumori, but it is much higher grit than uchigumori, so it is more like suita. 190mmX80-83mmX47-52mm Japanese plane or chisel or high carbon cooking knife or high carbon cutlery
Mizukihara mine is located on the west side of Atago Mountain, and it is located on next to Ohira mine and Okunomon mine in Kyoto. It had produced Awasedo, Iromono, Suita, and Uchigumori.
It raises good enough amount of black slurry quickly. (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---------- 8.9
My blue II steel blade knife Jigane became sinny silver color, and Hagane became semi-mirror to 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)
Natural whetstone has wider capacity than artificial whetstone, and actually, we do not know until sharpen blade on the hone for a while. Because artificial whetstone molecules do not break down to smaller sizes, but natural whetstone molecules are possible to break down to smaller sizes, and those molecules are mixed with sharpened steel molecules, and make Jigane as suitable Jigane color, and Hagane as suitable Hagane color. It is natural mystics.