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cwrightthruya
09-14-2011, 02:27 PM
I have read through several of the threads and have not found this particular topic. So, I thought it would be fun..and very informative for us to have a thread for everyone to post pictures of their J-nats. It would provide everyone a way to ask questions about each others stones-personalities and share their experiences. I will post mine a little later, when I have time to take better pics.

mainaman
09-14-2011, 03:31 PM
I wish I could upload from the comp, I'll have to put all on a host site then post here.

maxim
09-14-2011, 07:00 PM
Hi Chris welcome to the forum !!
I am looking forward to see your stones ;)

Chef Niloc
09-15-2011, 01:21 AM
Great idea have Dave make it a sticky on top of maxims sub-forum, that way it will be easy to find and not in the way. Think Jon and Maxim should start so us little guys don't get lost in there 100's of pages.

mainaman
09-15-2011, 01:23 AM
Ok I'll get things going here:

Aizu, one of the best stones I own, ~ 1-3k stone very aggressive, can be used instead of 1k synthetic.

http://i55.tinypic.com/2lm3qx2.jpg

Unknown ~2-3k that I got from Aframes awhile back, it is very good on claded knives, slower than corresponding synth grit

http://i54.tinypic.com/awxiwx.jpg

Hideriyama -nice soft stone ~6k range

http://i56.tinypic.com/2nhg32q.jpg

Large botan nagura

http://i52.tinypic.com/2e698h1.jpg

Hakka- very nice soft stone ~6k

http://i56.tinypic.com/saz5s2.jpg

Nakayama Asagi ~8k

http://i55.tinypic.com/sdp5yd.jpg

Takashima Sunashi Suita- this one is very good for finger stones, other wise a bit slow to sharpen on ~10k

http://i56.tinypic.com/29pbzfs.jpg

Atagoyama Kiita- super fine but not scratchy #24 stone , great finisher for knives also very good for razors. The black lines are not cracks

http://i56.tinypic.com/zn8z1u.jpg

mainaman
09-15-2011, 01:36 AM
Shinden Sunashi Suita- very fine and non scratchy stone, with Karasu ~20k

http://i55.tinypic.com/25ixm4g.jpg

Shobudani Asagi - prepolisher ofr raors , finisher for knives ~15k

http://i52.tinypic.com/20kfa7n.jpg

Big Mejiro Nagura

http://i56.tinypic.com/j64xmc.jpg

A few razor stones

Oozuko Mizu Asagi- ~30k

http://i55.tinypic.com/dltjli.jpg

Nakayma Asagi, Kamisori grade

http://i56.tinypic.com/262pp8m.jpg

Wakasa- a superb stone for Kamisori finishing

http://i51.tinypic.com/x59ira.jpg

Yaginoshima - my best 6-8k stone for razors

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

Oozuko asagi- the hardest and finest stone I own > 30k, extremely hard stone

http://i55.tinypic.com/hx0i7p.jpg

Most stones are from Max.

maxim
09-15-2011, 02:32 AM
I just post my most used for now :)

Atagoyma

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-r9qaeHxHuMU/TmO-n8j94QI/AAAAAAAAMSM/YxuwDbwNPDw/s640/IMGP7945.JPG

Hard Takashima Kiita

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9tBCkL_v6WE/TmO-th3tE3I/AAAAAAAAMSY/M_VAJjUY1CU/s800/IMGP7938.JPG

Tenjyou Nagura

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-RzicOveA23s/TmO-zackcLI/AAAAAAAAMSs/RaRZ00c8NR0/s800/IMGP7928.JPG

Hakka

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-SkNoXM3WiFI/TScvfpoWuuI/AAAAAAAAJLk/J9Eqyzqm3xg/s720/IMGP1729.JPG

Ohira Range Suita

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-iyfvhNV5Bhs/Td1ZQwi4JYI/AAAAAAAAK4E/yvT4g9Cplpg/s720/IMGP4677.JPG

cwrightthruya
09-15-2011, 09:08 PM
Here is my small but ever growing collection :D. Like most people who venture into J-nats I had a few paperweights and doorstops that aren't pictured. The key is to be patient, unafraid to make a few mistakes (although costly), and find a great vendor. Be sure and have some in depth and honest conversations with them about your wants and needs. Most of the following stones come from Maxim at JNS.

My final finisher for razors and the stone I use to put a microbevel on my Japanese Knives. This is an incredibly hard stone and rather difficult to master. I am still teasing out all the possibilities.
http://picasaweb.google.com/109221228625269235130/15Sep2011

Next Up are a series of Ozuku from full size to razor to traveler. All are final finishers and all have their own unique quirks

Ozuku Asagi
https://picasaweb.google.com/109221228625269235130/15Sep2011#5652740061362998498

Ozuku
https://picasaweb.google.com/109221228625269235130/15Sep2011#5652740054893790978

Ozuku Razor Hone
https://picasaweb.google.com/109221228625269235130/15Sep2011#5652740060388837906

Traveler Ozuku
https://picasaweb.google.com/109221228625269235130/15Sep2011#5652740097295767202


Next Up is my Ohira. This is a lv4 stone but provides an excellent finish and is pretty fast for its grit level.

https://picasaweb.google.com/109221228625269235130/15Sep2011#5652740038758861730

Okunomon Suita-This is an incredibly fast stone that is an excellent final stage sharpener. It is completely capable of erasing 3k synthetic scratches in just a few minutes.
https://picasaweb.google.com/109221228625269235130/15Sep2011#5652740041760852242

Hideriyama Renge Suita- This is quite a beautiful stone, but it is very slow and seems to have quite a limited grit range.
https://picasaweb.google.com/109221228625269235130/15Sep2011#5652740032752670226

Full Sized Tenjyou- This one I am incredibly proud of. It has to be one of the smoothest stones I have ever had the pleasure of working on. It is also one of the easiest. Its light color and incredible cutting speed allow you to see an almost instant dark slurry.
https://picasaweb.google.com/109221228625269235130/15Sep2011#5652740082633790978

https://picasaweb.google.com/109221228625269235130/15Sep2011#5652740083893027506

Next Up is a Takashima Myokakudani. This is a great replacement for a fine aoto. And should be spectacular following a coarse aoto. Which I intend to discover for myself very soon:D.
https://picasaweb.google.com/109221228625269235130/15Sep2011#5652740082078027170

The next one is not a J-nat, but I could not resist. It is the best stone as a final finisher for soft German knives that I have found.
Belgian Blue (BBW)
https://picasaweb.google.com/109221228625269235130/15Sep2011#5652740391136256354

Last But most definitely not least are my series of Nagura and finger stones.
Botan, Tenjyou, Tsushima, ozuku asagi tomonagura, large nakayama kiita tomonagura

https://picasaweb.google.com/109221228625269235130/15Sep2011#5652740387362320514

https://picasaweb.google.com/109221228625269235130/15Sep2011#5652740031403810482

I hope to add some more pics soon:cool2:

ptolemy
09-15-2011, 11:27 PM
above pics aren't showing. likwly picassa set to private>?

JBroida
09-15-2011, 11:30 PM
nah... it seems like he linked to the page, not the picture

cwrightthruya
09-16-2011, 02:27 AM
You must forgive me. I am new to the forum scene. Lets try again. For a description and my thoughts on each stone see my previous post. Thanks for being patient.

Shoubudani Asagi
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-PGOfCNat__c/TnKRJqqozHI/AAAAAAAAABg/-qW0wgucbbQ/s640/Shoubudani%252520Asagi.JPG

Ozuku Asagi
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-20m7uHcZtm4/TnKRIuUpTOI/AAAAAAAAABc/nC5JZb6IODg/s640/Ozuku%252520Asagi%252520Full%252520Sized.JPG

Ozuku
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ftsalZJWzlM/TnKRIWORBwI/AAAAAAAAABU/8Chxg8GKAY8/s640/Ozuku%252520.JPG

Ozuku Razor Hone
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-D-iizCFxno8/TnKRIqsYyhI/AAAAAAAAABY/CiBxWJEfSdo/s640/Ozuku%252520Razor%252520Hone.JPG

Traveler Ozukus

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-njg-9lgnYKk/TnKRK0Lr1qI/AAAAAAAAABw/DK49TRgQ8B8/s640/Traveler%252520Ozuku.JPG

Ohira

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-oreXZ0qkBPY/TnKRHaHZi6I/AAAAAAAAABM/jdL_4E4KkJ0/s640/Ohira.JPG

Okunomon Suita

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-40NDl3w5ya4/TnKRHlTISRI/AAAAAAAAABQ/T3qq3HXlfpI/s640/Okunomon%252520Suita.JPG


Hideriyama Renge Suita
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-sOqX2lrqQVs/TnKRHDvaVhI/AAAAAAAAAB0/05SseBdxbx0/s640/Hideriyama%252520Renge%252520Suita.JPG


Full Sized Tenjyou
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-v_U9QCljLA0/TnKRJ9j_1gI/AAAAAAAAABo/n8vMsQCodj0/s640/Tenjou%252520Nagura%252520Full%252520Sized%252520S tamps.JPG
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-MN9ZuZBBj28/TnKRKCQOQrI/AAAAAAAAABs/TrhQuQH8-DM/s640/Tenjou%252520Nagura%252520Full%252520Sized.JPG



Takashima Myokakudani

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-4oE2HcvL7VU/TnKRJ7ffjaI/AAAAAAAAABk/n8222uKhxHU/s640/Takashima.JPG

Belgian Blue
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-dRuChZDgTEE/TnKRb60t4WI/AAAAAAAAAB8/4prRnbjdFUM/s640/BBW.JPG


Nagura sets and finger stones- Botan, Tenjyou, Ozuku Asagi Tomonagura, Large nakayama kiita tomonagura
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-DLTdwehfTz8/TnKRbsw8MII/AAAAAAAAAB4/eTu_62U-Y6I/s640/All%252520Nagura.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-dTxovOBYbxo/TnKRG-t0XrI/AAAAAAAAABE/vebZRiecbws/s912/Nagura.JPG

ptolemy
09-16-2011, 02:50 AM
Oh no need to apologize:)

But, if you be so kind to say a few words about the stones, perfomance, approx grit or anything, that'd be awesome :)

DwarvenChef
09-16-2011, 03:59 PM
I'll have to work on my pic's...

So far my Japanese naturals are only used for my razors. Lucky for me the collection is small or I'd be tempted to sell off the extra stones and that would bite...

panda
10-17-2013, 05:29 AM
can anyone comment in detail about tsushima? particularly in comparison to 'good' aotos.

JBroida
10-17-2013, 05:49 AM
very different... tsushima is much harder and usually not anywhere near as muddy. Grit ranges can be similar, but thats about it.

maxim
10-17-2013, 09:08 AM
There is many different Tsushimas some is super soft and some is very hard. Grit range i find them to be much finer then Aotos though

panda
10-18-2013, 01:50 AM
my first jnat: aoto from maxim
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd212/vlsun/aoto_zps81393fbe.jpg

cord_steele
10-18-2013, 03:06 AM
There is many different Tsushimas some is super soft and some is very hard. Grit range i find them to be much finer then Aotos though

Very fine, I agree, 8k maybe. I've only seen hard ones. Do you carry the soft kind?

spaceconvoy
10-18-2013, 03:16 AM
my first jnat: aoto from maxim

Is that his last green aoto? Thanks for picking that up... saved me some money :D

How is it?

Asteger
10-18-2013, 06:17 AM
Nah, not a 'green' Atagoyama. It's a blue or traditional one, I believe. Could be good. Is it vintage? ($$$)

As for Tsushima - Above Panda asked about Tsushima, not Takashima. Just checking people have read this right as the two names are often confused. (Maxim?)

Tsushima are very uniform and consistent, at least by reputation and going by the one I have. No worries about lines, intrusions and whatnot, which is good. Not super fast, though. Range 5k-8k if from JNS so, yes, finer than Aoto, including the red and green Atagoyama akapin (aka aoto).

maxim
10-18-2013, 06:32 AM
I meant Tsushima nagura not Takashima :P

They do vary a lot and some even come from Different mines

ChiliPepper
10-18-2013, 06:37 AM
Jeez you guys are hardcore! Lots of beauties posted here... I dunno one thing about jnats but they surely look gorgeous

Asteger
10-18-2013, 06:52 AM
I meant Tsushima nagura not Takashima :P They do vary a lot and some even come from Different mines

;)

panda
10-19-2013, 06:09 PM
I believe it's a vintage. Not as clean or fast as san aoto but still really good. This one does not like stainless steel, good thing I'm all carbon.