Posted By: Shaun
- verified customerThis is my 5th natural stone, and I must say it is now an indispensable part of my natural stone sharpening routine.
I normally establish my bevel with Shapton stones, then move on to the Shobu. You can go from a 2k or 4k edge staight to the Shobu with excellent results. I work up a little mud with either another natural stone, or a piece of Arkansas stone as a nagura. Or you can just use a nagura! The mud readily forms on the stone, and the stone has a silky feel. The resulting edge is in the 8,000+ grit range, and has a nice bright smooth finish. You can stop here for an edge that still has some teeth, or move on a higher stone, which is what I do.
The stone I use after is the Asagi Koppa, and if you are using carbon steel... this combo is deadly! The Shobu and Asagi are an excellent pair, and also give you a long lasting edge. The Shobu is great to use an a nagura on the Asagi, due to the fine mud and its nature to break down even finer.
It is almost a muddy stone, but not quite, and is still very hard. Splash and go!
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