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cwrightthruya

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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.
 

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I wish I could upload from the comp, I'll have to put all on a host site then post here.
 

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Hi Chris welcome to the forum !!
I am looking forward to see your stones ;)
 

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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.
 

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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.



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



Hideriyama -nice soft stone ~6k range



Large botan nagura



Hakka- very nice soft stone ~6k



Nakayama Asagi ~8k



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



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

 

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Shinden Sunashi Suita- very fine and non scratchy stone, with Karasu ~20k



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



Big Mejiro Nagura



A few razor stones

Oozuko Mizu Asagi- ~30k



Nakayma Asagi, Kamisori grade



Wakasa- a superb stone for Kamisori finishing



Yaginoshima - my best 6-8k stone for razors



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



Most stones are from Max.
 

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I just post my most used for now :)

Atagoyma



Hard Takashima Kiita



Tenjyou Nagura



Hakka



Ohira Range Suita

 

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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.


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


Ozuku


Ozuku Razor Hone


Traveler Ozuku



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



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.


Hideriyama Renge Suita- This is quite a beautiful stone, but it is very slow and seems to have quite a limited grit range.


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.




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.


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)


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





I hope to add some more pics soon:cool2:
 

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above pics aren't showing. likwly picassa set to private>?
 

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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


Ozuku Asagi


Ozuku


Ozuku Razor Hone


Traveler Ozukus



Ohira



Okunomon Suita




Hideriyama Renge Suita



Full Sized Tenjyou





Takashima Myokakudani



Belgian Blue



Nagura sets and finger stones- Botan, Tenjyou, Ozuku Asagi Tomonagura, Large nakayama kiita tomonagura


 

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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 :)
 

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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...
 

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can anyone comment in detail about tsushima? particularly in comparison to 'good' aotos.
 

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very different... tsushima is much harder and usually not anywhere near as muddy. Grit ranges can be similar, but thats about it.
 

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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
 

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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?
 

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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).
 

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I meant Tsushima nagura not Takashima :p

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

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Jeez you guys are hardcore! Lots of beauties posted here... I dunno one thing about jnats but they surely look gorgeous
 

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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.
 
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