Size (mm) / Weight
210x69x62 / 1,997g
Hardness / Fineness: 4 / 3-
Like most Aizu, this stone is quite hard and does not readily self slurry. However, it cuts efficiently so long as the surface remains wetted. Ideal edges and useful as a stone to convert synthetic scratches (3k range) into easier a smoother base for further natural stone polishing. You can increase cutting speed and polishing comfort with a forced slurry.
Aesthetics & Other Notes
This stone displays classic aizu mint-green coloring (as well as a grassy minty smell) with pale white dots throughout. Sparse black renge is also visible.
This mine was located not around Kyoto, but further north near Fukushima. These stones are perhaps the most coveted mid-grit, nakatoishi, coming out of Japan. These stones are typically pale blue to minty green with white spotting and occasionally black renge. This mine closed in the 1950s due to health problems amongst the mining staff.