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



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

*Note - this stone is prone to cracking - you should mount this 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 or maybe even remove some stones to make for a more minimalist kit 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 -  Large - 215 x 75 x 50mm

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.


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Use of "Blue Aoto WaterStones May 7, 2013
Reviewer: Fred from Watauga, TX United States  
I have owned a Large "Blue" Aoto WaterStone for a number of year now and I have not had any problems
There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about these WaterStones, whether natural or synthetic.
First, let me say that as with the finer grit stones that we use for the most part will not allow a lot of soaking because of their binders, so it is with the "Blue" Aoto WaterStones.  Their makeup is such that with the natural stones they can open up or crack if immersed too much in water. This is also true for the synthetic stone.  
The synthetic stone is made up of about two different grits bound together with a natural clay.  Clay will expand and contract with too much immersion in water. It is important not to do this. You should coat the bottom and sides of the stones with a coating of water proof Lacquer or Spar varnish.
According to the instructions that come with the stone (In Japanese) as I understand it — it doesn't require a lot of soaking, just put on water and use.


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My favorite medium stone April 19, 2011
Reviewer: Vincent Edwards from Bloomington, IN United States  
I am an aspiring professional woodworker who loves japanese tools including knives. This is the nicest 2000-4000 grit stone I have ever used. It's on the soft side, but that can be a real advantage because it creates such a nice slurry and leaves a nice mist on the blade road. I am constantly surprised by how sharp the edge is after using this stone... I usually follow with a 10k superstone to get a perfect edge but for deba and other 'heavy works' knives I often stop with this stone. The blade is not that shiny but it's still very sharp and ready to use. I use it after the bester 1200 with great results. Did I mention that even this smaller of the 2 sizes is HUGE! great value

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