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.
For those interested in top quality finishing stone check them out here:
I took a few pics of my Moritaka to show the finish on the Hagane
I bought the Atago Maksim had for sale a few weeks ago (can't wait to get home and use it), but I love stones so much that I'm tempted to sell some other stuff so I can buy a kiita from DrNaka as well. Congrats on your stone, looks great and sounds fun to use.
Nice finish Stefan
Heirkb you get one similar !!
Now you need to look for very soft one hehe
Maksim, I know, but it's always fun to have more. I can't wait to try the one you sent me actually.
Originally Posted by maxim
I have a few softer stones, but you're right, I'll have to get a good soft one (that's not tiny like mine are now) before getting anything else.
this is the best finisher I have used so far, usually stones that make mirror finish will scratch soft iron but this one does not.
Originally Posted by heirkb