Yaginoshima Natural Sharpening Stone
The Yaginoshima is a very hard natural stone from the Kyoto region. They are very good value for money natural stones that are excellent for putting a final edge on ryoba (western bevels) or a secondary bevel on kataba (single bevels). Consistency is very uniform and grit is super fine, equivalent to about 10,000
The stamp in the top corner of the stone says Shou Honyama Goutoishi (Tennen Kyouto Tokusan) which is a bit of a mouthful but expresses the stone Is of high quality and a genuine article of the Kyoto area.
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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