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    I can't offer any comparisons and am not in a...

    I can't offer any comparisons and am not in a professional environment, but will say that I love my 500mm x 330mm Asahi!
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    Congratulations!!

    Congratulations!!
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    Sorry for being off topic, but being a native...

    Sorry for being off topic, but being a native Floridian and growing up in West Palm Beach, IMHO, "South Florida" can only mean the area comprised of Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach County. :D
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    In a word... yes. IMHO, it's definitely not...

    In a word... yes. IMHO, it's definitely not uncommon in the very early stages of learning.
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    The top right kanji in the circle is Shoubu as...

    The top right kanji in the circle is Shoubu as seen in Shoubudani. Down the middle of the stone and on the label is Tennen Shohonzan Awasedo, roughly = Natural Real Mountain Finishing Stone....
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    :plus1:

    :plus1:
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    Yes, indeed there are!

    Yes, indeed there are!
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    Thanks Asteger! Apparently those markings are the...

    Thanks Asteger! Apparently those markings are the grading of the stones, and "一本撰" (Ipponsen) is a higher grade than the other one.

    HERE appears to be nearly identical stones, same origin, marks,...
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    From a different shop, but two other stones I saw...

    From a different shop, but two other stones I saw today, a couple of Ohira's. These were less than 20,000 each.

    http://i.imgur.com/sRy59dj.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/9AKRbZK.jpg
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    Don't think that the thought didn't cross my...

    Don't think that the thought didn't cross my mind! :)

    And as for your suggestion, yes that is why I want to get the harder, finer razor stone first.
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    JNats (Photos & Discussion)

    I'm quickly discovering that the world of JNats is extremely esoteric and nebulous!! True, knowledgeable experts, it seems, are a very rare commodity! That being said, I am potentially interested in...
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    Possible I suppose, but I would wager it's not....

    Possible I suppose, but I would wager it's not. It's more of a coarse brushed finish.
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    Haha! I figured I pick a few brains around here...

    Haha! I figured I pick a few brains around here first, before bothering him!
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    Reproducing Side Finish?

    OK, after a busy but nice 2.5 weeks in Europe and Israel, I'm back in Japan and have been able to use my Heiji's a bit more. I'm happy to report that I am definitely very impressed with their...
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    Maksim, no doubt you have a busy schedule planned...

    Maksim, no doubt you have a busy schedule planned traveling around while you are here, but if you happen to have any down time while you are in Tokyo, please let me know. I'd love to meet up for a...
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    It's my understanding and thus far limited...

    It's my understanding and thus far limited experience, that yes the shinogi will and should move up when you hit the secondary bevel. The trick, of course, is having the entire shinogi move up evenly...
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    Cheers! Yeah, not thinking about doing this any...

    Cheers! Yeah, not thinking about doing this any time soon, but since we were on the general topic, I figured I would ask. I'm doing my best to completely understand these knives and knives in...
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    What methodology do you use for this? Are you...

    What methodology do you use for this? Are you laying the sides of the blade flat on stone?
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    Cheers! Makes sense.

    Cheers! Makes sense.
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    OK, so another question... if and when I make an...

    OK, so another question... if and when I make an mistake and stray above the shinogi when sharpening/thinning, how can I produce/replicate the finish on the sides of the blade above the shinogi?
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    What kind of finish do you get with the...

    What kind of finish do you get with the Arashiyama? Does it give good contrast and kasumi? And, I just checked, yeah it's inexpensive 4-5000yen.
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    Update: Sucess!

    Brought home a King #800, soaked it for 35 minutes and then went back and hit the secondary bevel again. Result?... major success I would say! It looks great, very similar to the finish from...
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    Thank you, I'll look into those, especially the...

    Thank you, I'll look into those, especially the JNS #6000
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    Yes, Edipis is correct. FWIW, I didn't make any...

    Yes, Edipis is correct. FWIW, I didn't make any profile requests, but I did asking for a thinner overall geometry, and an eased spine and choil.
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    Information from Nakayaheiji

    For those that are interested, Nakayaheiji let me know this morning that while he uses a number of natural stones to create his particular finish, the key one is a Shobu-dani.
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