If a stone has any inclusions or toxic lines, it will be stated in that particular stones description, otherwise there are none. The water in the stone will freeze and expand, damaging or cracking the stone. All natural stones in our store have been thoroughly tested by me on Razors, Knives, and Tools. Selected Japanese natural sharpening stones Toishi, Handmade by Best Blade smiths Japanese Knives, Razors and Tools Cookies we use, Other Sharpening Stones, Honing Guides, Accessories. In contrast, the most common natural Japanese whetstones are made from sedimentary rock. The main downside of natural Novaculite stones are that they cut slower. They should never ever be exposed to freezing temperatures when wet. Storing the stones – wet or dry: in Japan natural sharpening and honing stones are normally stored dry and out of the sun after they have been flattened and the grit paste has been removed. Use can use any waterproof lacquers or simply glue it to wooden or other bases. Please email me before buying a stone, and I will try and guide you to which stone suits you and your situation the best. The upside is that they cut better, meaning they will sharpen knives faster. Japanese natural sharpening stones are becoming scarce because many of the mines are exhausted after centuries of quarrying them. Japanese Natural Stones. The resulting whetstone is softer and wears down faster than your typical Novaculite stones. These stones are mined in the Narutaki District near Kyoto and are well regarded by professionals. Nakayama Asagi Maruichi Kamisori Lv 5+ (a2109), Takashima Kiita "Ooban" HUGE Lv 2,5 (a2012). Japanese natural water stones no longer available! I have included a short description with each stones relative hardness and best use. All natural stones in our store have been thoroughly tested by me on Razors, Knives, and Tools. Japanese Natural Stones. 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