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david weaver
It's hard to tell how nagura were used historically, but they're not similar to the rectangular sticks that come with a king stone, and I don't get the sense that they were ever actually used to flatten stones.

I think stones were rubbed together (in threes) if they needed flattening, and the nagura has always been a method to generate a slurry and speed cutting on slow or too-fine stones. Or, in the case of a substandard (super hard) stone, provide an external abrasive source since the stone isn't releasing any.

Nagura use is a lot more methodological in preparing a razor (where a slow base stone is desirable and you can control the grit progression using graded natural nagura - which are not remotely similar to the rectangular bars!).

I can't think of any nagura that I've handled that would actually be effective at keeping a stone flat, and many aren't effective at freshening the surface of a stone - they're intentionally softer than the base stone. Hard or scratchy versions are discarded as ungraded junk (or in my case, I found one at rockler 10 years ago for ten bucks - definitely a natural mikawa nagura - and definitely set aside or thrown out by any of the well known graders like asano).

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