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Meara and Yaginoshima Asagi review!

Sat May 25, 2013 4:01 pm

I got a Meara and Yaginoshima Asagi stone from Ken yesterday. The Meara is a huge stone, like 6x4x1.5" thick, lots of surface area to use! I used it on a Hiromoto AS, Yamashin White #1 and a VG-10 Tojiro DP. All were in need some some sharpening and the Meara worked really nicely. It gave that nice "sticky sharp" feeling like a razor blade and cut well. Great touch up stone if you want 1 stone to do touch up's with! From there, I went to the Yaginoshima Asagi. It really refined the edge very nicely and has a nice clean edge with a little bite left. I saw the Yaginoshima was pretty muddy, so I took out my Tojiro ITK Kiritsuke and gave it a try on the blade road. It was at a Synthetic Blue Aoto Kasumi finish with Patina and it polished up very nicely!!! Great contrast between the two steels; core steel is bright and shiny and the cladding steel is more of a matte finish, but really nice and smooth feeling. As I looked closer at the cladding, I noticed that I could see layers in the cladding!!! I am going to work more on polishing the bevel and see if I can get some pics of it; I have a light tent due in on Tues and 3 days off to figure out how to use it!

Really like both stones. Meara is a great touch up stone and can be used as is. The Yaginoshima works well to refine the edge and also brings out a beautiful Kasumi finish as well and leaves a very nice edge! Love both of these stones and I am looking forward to using them more!!

Re: Meara and Yaginoshima Asagi review!

Sat May 25, 2013 7:58 pm

Yep, the Yaginoshima Asagi is one of my favorite JNats.

Now you need to try the Ozuku Asagi as a finisher.......nearly as hard as my b*lls....

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Re: Meara and Yaginoshima Asagi review!

Sun May 26, 2013 12:40 am

If you like the Ozuku, you'd LOVE the Nakayama Asagi :) Usually a bit harder and a bit finer too. Not nearly as muddy, so many like it and the Ozuku more for razors, but for 'precise sharpeners' both give a super nice edge. These aren't a first choice for large bevels - single bevels or larger double bevels like you see with say a Moritaka or Takeda. Here the Yaginoshima excells and the Hakka works quite nicely afterwards as a muddy but fine stone.

Tim - an EXCELLENT review. Really pleased you are 'getting' these stone's advantages. Color me impressed! Thanks! On the next mailout, I'll be sending you a Yaginoshima Asagi tomonagura - works nicely on BOTH stones :)

I agree completely - the Meara is a superb touchup stone giving that nice combination of toothiness and refinement so appropriate for so many tasks. This stone is one I will be putting on the EP in the near future. Might even consider it in 10 mm thickness :)

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Ken

Re: Meara and Yaginoshima Asagi review!

Sun May 26, 2013 3:03 am

Yeah, I have an Ozuka Asagi, Takashima's, Shobu, etc, plus other more coarse stones (Amakusa, San Aoto 3-5K) and some very coarse ones that the name escapes me now. The J nats are pretty fun to play with! I also got one of the very hard 12K Chinese Natural Stones from WoodCraft, interesting stone as well! I've been looking for a finisher for the clad knives I have and the Yaginoshima is awesome for that!!

Re: Meara and Yaginoshima Asagi review!

Sun May 26, 2013 5:54 am

I'm online with Rook & Tim; I adore my Yaginoshima, and it has pretty much assumed the position as my finishing stone in the majority of applications. Really, a surprisingly practical edge, and the tomonagura makes the experience a much more fun one, quickly.

Re: Meara and Yaginoshima Asagi review!

Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:22 pm

I used my meara and yagonoshima asagi on my k2 fujiwara kanafusa and it glides through rare roast beef like butter. I have the ozuka asagi also and am wondering if that will be overkill or not. Advice is welcomed. Jmbullman

Re: Meara and Yaginoshima Asagi review!

Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:27 pm

The Ozuka Asagi may give a little more polished edge, but I like the bite off of the Meara/Yaginoshima combo a little bit more for an all around knife.

Re: Meara and Yaginoshima Asagi review!

Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:07 pm

taz575 wrote:The Ozuka Asagi may give a little more polished edge, but I like the bite off of the Meara/Yaginoshima combo a little bit more for an all around knife.


You are probably rite, I like a little bite when I cut if not it just doesn't feel rite while cutting . Peace jmbullman
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