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  Synthetic "Blue" Aoto WaterStone 2000x (Size - XLarge)

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Synthetic "Blue" Aoto 2000x WaterStone (Size X-Large)

*Note - this stone is prone to cracking (coming apart) - you should consider applying lacquer to the sides/bottom & mount the stone on a stable substrate before use. We will not be held responsible for any breakage
Our aoto provides exceptional coarse grit scratch removal, pre mirror polishing, adding deep color tone to the bevel, as well as burr reduction and edge refining. This stone easily allows for cross over between coarse to polishing stones like no other medium grit stone I know of.
If you're looking to bridge gaps in your stone collection, maybe even remove some stones to make for a more minimalist kit, or simply a finishing point for a toothy edge then this stone might be the ticket.
This stone is nice to use for creating, or refining, the misty appearance of your Japanese single bevel kasumi constructed knives. I often use it following the King 800x to create a shiny slick mist on single bevel knives. Another great use for this stone is in shaping a hamaguriba (clamshell/convex) bevel on a yanagiba. The soft stone will conform yet abrade just right for the blending of a multi-bevel blade road (bevel).
Our synthetic blue aoto is comprised of 2000x synthetic abrasives. This mixture provides quick break down into an extremely fine grit mud that works much closer to 5000-6000x effect than it's rated 2000x grit level.
It's a very soft stone and this should be noted. Some sharpeners fear soft stones while I feel they will teach you to use correct technique (AKA - angle control). You will have instant feedback in this regard and will be forced to learn quickly. The lessons learned on a stone like this translate to achieving better edges from other stones.
I've used other synthetic aoto stones from other manufacturers, as well as a couple of natural aoto stones, yet none compare to what this stone has the ability to offer. This is the more expensive aoto that we offer. The higher price is due to it's extra large size (width, length, & thickness). I wouldn't sharpen a single bevel knife without this stone in the line up.
Requires 30 min. soak time in water before use, however, I believe that it's best to leave this stone soaking indefinitely in your water bucket as it's prone to cracking/splitting if dried too rapidly or even too often (cycles). The surface will become somewhat mushy from long soaking but this can either be used as an advantage for shaping to a hamaguriba bevel or it can be fixed/corrected by a quick lapping from a diamond plate. as lapping/flattening fixes this condition. I recommend lapping under running water.
Size - XLarge - 225 x 95 x 60mm

Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 3 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Hard to find and worth having May 7, 2013
Reviewer: Fred from Watauga, TX United States  
I have a pretty good selection of "stones" however the X-Large ones are hard to find. This stone is a good big one that is good for all sizes especially for large edges. I recommend it highly.

According to the instructions that come with the stone (In Japanese) it doesn't require a lot of soaking, just put on water and use. Of course it takes a little more water make a slurry. As I understand it this stone is a mixture of grit and natural clay. This is the reason for not soaking it to long or to much.

You will find you have made a real good purchase in this stone.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Good value stone September 14, 2012
Reviewer: Stefan Stoianov from Blacksburg, VA United States  
The stone is really good medium stone that can take a 1k or lower edge to 5k stage of sharpening easy and with great results.
The stone has to be used carefully as it is a bit on the soft side so pressure while sharpening should be monitored carefully to avoid digging into the stone.
The one draw back is the cracking problem, this however is easy to prevent, just seal the sides and bottom with waterproof lacquer, for example shellac, spar varnish, cashew lacquer will work just fine.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Awesome Medium grit stone December 8, 2009
Reviewer: Bryan Gallagher from Tampa, FL United States  
As Dave states ... With the muddy slurry this takes my edges to a shine I was getting with a SS 5k.  Get the XL... I got the 1/2 thick second after the full stone was out of stock. Best value for a mid grade stone at current pricing. Get it!

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