A very unique super intense silica awasedo from the Shobudani mine. This semi-hard Mohs 3 stone is a kiita at heart. The blotches of gray appear throughout the body, these are especially silica-rich. Fine enough for razors, I consider this as a stone for tools.
From the Kyoto Hoard. It weighs 850 grams.
There are no cracks or inclusions, the kawa on the back has furrows (typical of Shobudani) and is rich in volcanic gokudo minerals.
I have tested this stone on straight razors and the edges were super comfortable. The same with kanna blades.
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All of my stones are sold with a money-back guarantee minus the return shipping if within 30 days of the sale and returned in their original state. Please do not lacquer the stone if you have any intention of returning it.
I encourage sealing the sides of all sedimentary stones, especially if there a inclusions, cracks, or fissures and or if the stone is used in an active workshop where the stone is constantly wet. For casual use, sealing, especially all four sides, and preferably the back with one of either a marine type of spar varnish, a synthetic lacquer, urushi, or a cashew-derived lacquer is prudent.