Got a new stone to play with, Atagoyama Kiita
I got the stone right after Max posted his review of the one he got
The history of the stone is pretty interesting I think.
The stone was in a batch of 3 stones in the same shop. One stone went to Max, one was purchased by Shigefusa, and I got the third one.
The stone is huge , it is more than 3 kg , has nice figuring and feels really really smooth when sharpening on it.
This is probably the best stone I have tried so far in that grit range, the stone is a polisher . It is a bit harder than what a standard knife stone would be but it does not scratch jigane at all. The finish on hagane is amazing a lightly misted mirror, IMHO the best finish for a blade.
I got the stone trough my friend DrNaka, who operated Hide's Export.
He currently has a few more of those great stones for sale, they are pretty cheap for the size (some other popular vendors would not hesitate to ask 3-4 times the price tag for them). The service and shipping are excellent, I got mine trough DHL @ about half the price for EMS (it is weight dependent) and in only 4 days.
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