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maxim
05-10-2011, 09:58 AM
I made new blog about Naturals Medium stones :)
There are to many pictures to upload so please read it on my blog.

Test include Iyoto, Coarse Aoto, Aizu, Blue Aoto and Hakka

http://japanesenaturalstones.blogspot.com/2011/05/medium-stones-test.html

heirkb
05-10-2011, 01:25 PM
Beautiful stones as always Maksim. Thanks for the post and pictures

Darkhoek
05-10-2011, 04:33 PM
A very nice review. You have a very nice range of medium sharpeners there, Max. These stones are the most important tools for a perfect result.

I have tried out several Iyoto and they perform very differently. Good Iyo is equally hard to find as good Aoto these days. Personally I prefer the softer Iyo stones to the harder, but my Iyoto is quite similar to yours in sharpning qualities. Fairly hard, fairly agressive and a very good medium sharpener. And I believe the wooden pattern on some of these stones is just beautiful. :)
Here are a couple of pictures of my Iyo...

http://i53.tinypic.com/18hm6e.jpg

http://i51.tinypic.com/2i9kqd1.jpg

DarkhOeK

maxim
05-10-2011, 05:01 PM
I think it is not my last Iyoto :) yes there are different hardness of these ones i went for coarsest 800+ but it seems lot finer to me and harder then he described hehe
Its not a bad thing but i want to try softer too :)

Darkhoek
05-10-2011, 05:22 PM
I believe the above Iyo is in the #1500-2000 range. Lv4

DarkHOeK

maxim
05-10-2011, 06:54 PM
Harald do you have pictures of soft ones ?

Darkhoek
05-16-2011, 10:07 AM
No, sorry Max. I got a large soft stone from 330mate but it was just a "paper weight" stone, so I threw it out to make space for other stones.
I have found no connection between colour and hardness, or grit however.

DarkHOeK

Willis
05-19-2011, 12:15 PM
Thanks for the post of Medium stone. The picture show very beautiful. I really impressed by the stone picture.

ThEoRy
05-20-2011, 12:31 AM
I'm not finished with my spectroscopic analysis. I'll report my findings in the morning.

mainaman
05-20-2011, 01:09 AM
I'm not finished with my spectroscopic analysis. I'll report my findings in the morning.

what are you analyzing?