Honyama Asagi

Asagi 2b

Honyama Asagi Goma

This is a very interesting Awasedo. It’s a little dry and thirsty, but it only takes on a bit of water and then it settles down. The color is Mizu blue/grey when dry and markedly green when wet. The top has a few tiny almost-white innocuous inclusions; I can’t feel them when honing and they do not affect the honing in any way.

At first I thought this was going to be a soft stone but it’s not soft at all. It’s hard with good speed. The Goma patterning is nice to look at, and it gives the stone a ‘visual texture’. I’ve honed a good number of blades on this stone – each edge was excellent and the bevels came away with a very deep haze. 

This is a fairly thick stone, and it’s dense enough to push back as me when honing. I like that dense feel for a bench stone; it seems to accent the feedback. Maybe I’m nuts, but that’s how I feel about it.

The bottom is sealed in clear Cashew Lacquer, and the sides were treated to a burgundy/red Cashew coat. The top is lapped, the edges are chamfered.

Approx. Dimensions: 8.25 x 2.0 x 1.6” / 210 x 51 x 41 mm

Weight: 32 oz / 902 g


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