Aoto Whetstones are used for fine sharpening on Hapstone or Edge Pro sharpeners. Estimated grit for Aoto is approximately 2000-3000 JIS. Aoto stones are mounted on high quality aluminum blanks.
Aoto (青砥) Whetstone is mined in Kameoka, Kyoto in Japan.
Historically Aoto was the most common whetstone in Japan to sharpen kitchen knives.
Aoto Whetstones should be used with water. Soak Aoto in the water for 2 minutes before use. During the sharpening, slurry is released from the surface. It's not necessary to keep slurry on stone surface.
Aoto stones may have inclusions as minor defects.
Aoto stone does not require any preparations.
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