A-1 rating for conformation, this asagi has all four corners and sits dead-flat on a table even though the back has a full kawa skin. There are no cracks or inclusions, The stone rings true when lightly tapped with a mallet.
The asagi color trends towards green, when wet it will look darker, and the general underlying pattern is a wisp of streaking cloud from end to end. Circular saw marks on the ends and sides suggest it was shaped early to mid-20th century.
The size of the stone is 196x71x30mm, weigh 1015 grams.
I have extensively tested this stone with razors and knives and it will cut with hone with little effort, Zowada Timahagane, classic Brian Brown, Towa from Japan, Henckels Friodur, vintage Wade & Butcher (Celebrated wedge), and even Gold Dollar razors to shave ready status. These same results will hold true with a host of tool steels. Testing with your own tools and knives is imperative. Money-back guarantee minus the shipping.
196x71x30mm, weighs 1015 grams.
#923 Shinden hard-dense-dark asagi bench stone
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.