Producing Area: Minami AIzu, Fukushima - Japan
Appearance: Lots of Goma. Faint emerald green when dry, which becomes more vivid when wet.
Size: 203mm x 70mm x 55mm
Grit Range: 3000-5000
1-5 Scale: 1 = Less, 5 = More
Hardness Level: 4
Scratch Depth: 3.5
Wear Rate: 2
Self Slurry: 2
Ease of Use: 3
Recommended Uses: Toothy edges, pre-polishing, earlier stone for tools and razors.
Notes: Aizu have quickly become a fan favorite in the past few years. They are somewhat abundant (getting less so), very consistent, quickly give great toothy results on edges, and can be use a pre-polisher. It is somewhat hard, so some skill is required not to scratch too deep when pre-polishing, and to prevent skating (slipping on the harder surface), but is not that difficult either. It's hardness lends itself well to razors and tools earlier in the sequence. Best when used with a forced slurry. A really good option for new and experienced users.
Disclaimer: Given the natural aspect of these stones, all subjective qualities are our estimates and may vary slightly from your exact expectations and assessment. The images shown and characteristics described are an example. If purchased, yours may differ slightly in appearance and qualities. Dimensions, weight, and stamps may be different from listed if it has been tested.