SHIRO SUITA AWASEDO #53
220 - 79 - 50mm
From the top right in smaller kanji SAIKOKYUHIN (very best quality)
Reads on the stone top from the upper left down in kanji in larger letters SHO
HONZAN SUITA (correct original mountain finish suita strata stone).
And down the middle right again SAIKOKYUHIN
This shiro or white suita stone is a true grade #24 stone at 220mm by 79mm by
50mm. It is big and beautiful and being white, very rare. It came from a store in a
small town in Japan that closed in the 1970s containing stock dating back to the
1930s. The awasedo has not been used other than to test the quality at one edge of
the stone as you can see in the photos and it is considered to be New/Old Stock.
awase toishi are exceedingly hard to find even in newly mined stones of any
proponent quality. This is a genuine early 20th century awasedo from the pre-war
Shiro Suita awase toishi are known to be from the deepest layers of the mines. very
hard and represents the highest quality suita stone you can buy. The fine mineral
induced lines you see in the photos on the top of the stone are millions of years old
and are composed of highly compressed mineral deposits, they are not cracks.
This is a deep strata Suita, it is very hard (see close up photo) and will cut steel but
it does not develops it own paste easily and requires the user to be advanced in
technique. But after using a diamond plate to develop a slurry the tremendous
speed qualities are unlocked and the stone cuts very quickly. Just a finger tip of
water will quickly draw up a rich black off the blade with this stone.
10 10- 9++/10 * SOLD
*If a diamond plate induced slurry is used.