Naniwa Aotoishi Whetstone Green Brick of Joy #2000
WHAT IS THE “Green Brick of Joy”
The Aotoishi stone from Naniwa has developed a dedicated following among knife sharpeners. The large, brick-like shape ensures a long lasting stone and its efficient sharpening has made it a favorite of many. The name Aotoishi, printed in characters on the stone, refers to its color and identifies it as a whetstone.
This stone is a 2000 grit and is fine enough for many applications in the kitchen. Personally in our opinion is sitting in between sharpening and polishing. We will not recommend you to start your dull knife with this stone. This stone cuts quickly and is great for setting up the edge for further refinement on stones like the 5000.
WHEN TO USE THIS?
It is coarse enough to put an edge back on a knife that is only a bit dull, and yet fine enough to leave a good cutting edge as well. Whether you are looking for a single stone to maintain your knives, or for a middle grit stone to add to your sharpening tool kit, the Aotoishi has it covered.
WHY THE GREEN BRICK OF JOY?
The Aotoishi has 2-1/2 times thicker than the Naniwa Cholera. That extra thickness ensures that this work horse of a stone will be around for a very long time indeed. It should be soaked prior to use, but it is not as thirsty as many soaking stones and doesn't have to be immersed long. 5 minutes or so is generally plenty to get it saturated and ready to go. This stone has a not-too-hard, not-too-soft feel that gives good feedback when sharpening, and forms a slurry quickly during use. It's standard footprint fits in a stone holder well, but it is massive enough to stay put on its own too, and the extra height provides all the knuckle clearance you could ask for.
Model : Aotoishi
Application: Carbon Steel/Stainless Steel Knives, Scissors, Razors,Shears,Sickle, variety of Cutlery
Size(Stone): 8.3"(210 mm) x 2.8"(70 mm) x H. 2.2"(55 mm)
Weight : 1700g
Made In Japan