This stone was quite a find that immediately made it's way into my sharpening kit.
This is a great stone in the quality of edge it provides. If you like an edge that bites then this is the stone for you. I find it cuts very fast yet isn't aggressive and it has such a great feeling, providing feedback, and making the sharpening experience more pleasurable. This stone will allow you to skip the use of many coarse and medium grit stones thus reducing your sharpening times without reducing quality of your end result.
The Takenoko is made from synthetic grit abrasive and a natural clay mixture.
From my own testing I believe this stone to be the same as the Arashiyama 6k
The Takenoko could easily be used as your last stone in your sharpening progression, works great following the Suehiro Rika 5k
Stone comes mounted on sturdy wooden base.
Does not require pre-soaking, just splash water on and go to work.
Size - 210 x 72 x 23mm