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Old 01-15-2019, 02:56 PM   #1
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If you like Japanese waterstones.

The best waterstones on the market come from Ken Schwartz. He had a go-to guy in Japan that was a genius. You could walk along the road, pick up a piece of gravel, and not only could this wizard tell you what quarry it came from, but at what level they mined it out.

Well, all good things must come to an end. Ken just informed me that the gentleman died. And Ken is already starting to feel the pinch.

I needed some Atoma items and some speckled blue stones. Ken tells me they'll be there in a month--just in time for my retirement.

But if you're a working polisher, and you only stock one stone of each grit, I'd advise you to stock up.

Stones are like cutlery alloys. For example, Crucible Steel makes alloys for the cutlery industry, but that is only 4% of their yearly sales.

Stones are essentially the same thing, with lots of handwork and shaping to boot. It comes out of the ground as a chunk, and craftsmen make a sharpening stone out of it. To this day I only have five "jnats," which is shorthand for a "Japanese Natural Stone."

Don't think in terms of decades--think 'Samurai.' Yes, some of these quarries still produce stones.

So if you like the way your knives look and make a few bucks from friends and relatives, look to the future and call Ken. I'll give you his phone number by PM.
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