So I finally got my dream stone from Ken, a Yaginoshima asagi finishing stone and I've had some opportunity to use it but I still have some learning to do.
The first thing I noticed and something that I will not forget is the incredible, intoxicating smell of the stone that rises up and fills your sharpening senses with an amazing zen like sensation that is quite conducive to sharpening.
This Yanagiba was in rough shape, quite dull. I started with a Chosera 400, Chosera 1k and 5k and then onto a Kityama 8k for the final edge and uraoshi sharpening. Then I worked the blade word on the asagi and although I am sure I have a long way to go, the enjoyment I got from this was just so cool.
I know the Yanagiba Gods out there will find fault.......I don't care, nobody will ever take the sensation I experienced today away.
. ......oh and yes it's sharp.