I had come to enjoy the Green Brick <--link
. It offers a versatile edge with surprising polish. I will say though, I have been really trying lately to disconnect myself from intellectualizing the sharpening process as much as I inherently do. As I am testing out a lot of new knives & stones, consciously disconnecting from preconceived notion is paramount. It isn't the easiest of things to do. Anyhow, I'm liking the Naniwa Aotoshi less & less everytime I use it, or at least on hard steel. I had realized a consistent trait about it that I had sort of swept under the rug & worked around, but I let a respected colleague play around with it over a T-day collaboration & he reminded me of the annoyance of which i was blocking out. For me... and he apparently, it has a very "ridgy
" surface drag. I do not mean a "not flat
" surface. It has an abrasive characteristic that is inconsistent like a natural. I have one Jnat, in particular, that has these spots of what I have come to accept as "knots
" in the surface. They are harder than the main substrate so the steel glides over them, but it's extends a weird feedback. On the Brick, it feels like the knots
are consistent abrasive particles in the stone's matrix. Like I said, it gives me this "ridgy"
feedback that is becoming more and more annoying, to me.
That said, I am coming to learn to accept it for what it is, to me. A GREAT value stone of which will last forever and create a versatile edge on hard & soft steels. An awesome community house stone in a Western kitchen, but not an upper echelon stone in the context of feedback. Again, a great performer for a $50 stone, but just not offering me the level of connection anymore that I'm looking for.