Imanishin Arato, also known as "Pink Brick," is a high-quality rough stone. Arato removes metal amazingly fast. Perhaps even one of the fastest 220 whetstones. The stone acts like most coarse stones, i.e., material sheds from the stone during sharpening. I recommend immersing this stone for at least 10 minutes. The stone also dries quickly.
Arato has a really hard surface, and the typical flattening stones do not bite into it. I don't recommend the Naniwa #220 flattening stone for smoothing Arato; I found that Arato consumes Naniwa and not the other way around. My recommendation is the Naniwa #24 flattening stone, which is extremely hard and perfectly fits this stone.
Long: measured 206 mm (listed as 205mm)
Wide: measured 66 mm (listed as 65mm)
Thick: measured 33 mm (listed as 32mm)
Weight: 878 g
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