Wakasa Tomo Nagura Japanese Natural Sharpening Stone 181g (6.4oz.)
Approximately 60mm x 45mm x 28mm
This small Wakasa awasedo whetstone is for Tomo Nagura. Tomo means the same kind of or sharing etc. Tomo Nagura means what the both base whetstone on the bottom and the rubbing side of whetstone on the top is the same kind of whetstone, and rubbing each other to raise the slurry. Wakasa whetstones are kind of hard, and it is hard to get slurry at the beginning. Tomo Nagura is utilized as the situation. It is also utilized for making the base whetstone to lap it. Sometimes, Wakasa whetstones make scratching on the blade, because it has some kinds of unwanted particles on the surface of whetstone, or hairline cracks, or sometimes, nothing wrong with base Wakasa whetstone, but the blade does not fit well or does not move smoothly like getting vibrated the movement of the blade on the whetstone, which is called Hikitsuri in Japanese. In those situations, Tomo Nagura slurry might help to prevent the troubles like a buffer. It can be big enough to be a small engraving knife or chisel whetstone itself too.
Wakasa mine is located on Fukui Prefecture, however, it is very close by the border of Kyoto where is the world famous Kyoto fine grit mines. There are over 30 of mines in Kyoto, but there are not too many razor quality hard and fine particles whetstones mines. Nakayama and Ozuku are a few of mines that produce razor whetstones. Wakasa is also known as razor fine finishing whetstone mine. It is also great sharpening for razor, high quality cooking knife, chisel, and Japanese plane.