About This Item
Ohira Kiita Awasedo Japanese Natural Sharpening Stone 1160g (2lb. 9oz.)
205mmX75mmX30-32mm, around #4000 grit; Entry class fine grit for high carbon cooking knife or Japanese plane or chisel
It raises great amount of light 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------ 8.4
(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)
It makes my blue II steel blade knife Jigane to medium dark dull gray color, and Hagane became from light frosted silver color to semi-mirror finish. It should be great stone to make Jigane color to finish, and it should be great finishing stone for high carbon steel.
It is from direct from Ohira mine where has been mining five generations of Ohira whetstones. Ohira mine produces Awasedo (fine finishing whetstone), Suita, and Uchigumori. Ohira is very famous whetstone as Japanese sword sharpening hone as Uhigumori. 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 (it also shows Damascus pattern vividly), and Hagane as suitable Hagane color. It is natural mystics.