Hakkayama Natural Sharpening Stone
Hakkayama stones from Kyoto are becoming increasing difficult to obtain. They are highly sought after due to their ability to give beautiful contrast between hagane and jigane on hon-kasumi blades. Approximate grit is 12,000 but they tend to leave a mysterious “dark” mirror finish on hagane.
Natural sharpening stones have been used for centuries for knife and tool sharpening. Today with all of the stone mines in Japan closed, natural sharpening stones have become a tightly held commodity. We have managed to secure a small yet reliable quantity of decent sized stones for the Australian market.
High quality natural stones have the following advantages:
- Long lasting - these highly prized stones could become a family heirloom that can be passed down
- Longer lasting sharpness - the grit in natural stones is more 'random' than synthetics giving varied tooth size on the blade for longer lasting sharpness
- If you own a honkasumi knife, natural stones will give you better contrast between the hagane and jigane
Please note: stone may vary slightly from the photos, weights and measures below.
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