Gentlemen, I just returned last Thursday from a trip to Sonoma to visit my friend Alex Gilmore (The Japan Stone) and see one of the best collections of Japanese natural stones outside of Japan. Some of the stones are truly amazing. Alex is also a font of knowledge regarding the history and usage of these stones. I also learned via Alex’s microscope that I should explore improving my stropping, and I have re-kindled my interest in softer stones after having drifted to the hard side over time. So here’s some eye candy for the aficionados of jnats, enjoy.