For me, they aren't. I dipped my toe in and learned, at least in my perception, that unless you're going to get into polishing there's really not a lot to be gained in the J-Nat world.
Strong disagree. They're so pretty and they smell nice and also it's just very satisfying on a monkey-brain-level to have a piece of the earth that does something useful.
And did I mention they are super pretty? People pay a premium for gorgeous knives, so why not stones
46184715 what I don't understand is why there isn't a simple analysis of the types of rock that common Jnats are derived from, so we can start shopping for alternatives from different locations. It's not like Japan is the only place with rocks.
4719 Really all it requires is for a geology student to take an interest and do some testing on some Jnats to see what they are and consist of...and then it really shouldn't be all that hard to find analogous in different places.4618
I think one of the advantages of Jnat is people already sought out what works and what not, mining and evaluating bunch of random rocks takes money and time, and most people just cares too little for such niche hobby
That was @cotedupy for a moment there. Out in the woods trying to find old quarries and whatnot.We need a student geologist who needs to write a paper. They can travel to a bunch of different islands testing rocks.
“Here I am in Bermuda, comparing local rock formations to jnats, coticules, and novaculites. I may need another two week vaca- ahem. I may need another two week exploration of the island.”
I’ve got a line in the filthiest ohira I’ve ever seen, cost is roughly that of a new compact car. So if you’ve got a hole your pocket let me know!