#15 Iro Kiita Bench stone
This is a long, wide stone that is grit rich and fine enough to
shave with as I have just demonstrated to myself by honing a hard
Japanese Kikuboshi Swedish steel western style straight and a vintage
Henckels straight razor for todays shave. Both blades were extremely keen
and each left me with a very close and comfortable shave.
The completion of the stone is mostly yellow but there are bands and hints
of rose and blue along with a pattern of nashiji pear skin speckling which
defines this as a Tomae strata stone. All of the suji inclusions are tight
and not toxic and they are mostly very straight which are common
in Nakayama stones of which I have not doubt that this stone is.
All four sides have kawa skin or remains of kawa made up of shades of
ocher, umber and burnt umber.
Like the the other kiita from this group It has hand sawn sides
and the sawing may have been done at the mine site. This type of saw work
was phased out and stopped around the beginning of the Showa Period in
the 1920's. This stone would benefit by sealing the sides and back and being
mounted on a wooden base.
With this stone and all of the other kiita
I have test honed them on a vintage 1960s Henckels straight razor
to a shave ready state, taking but a few minutes I then have test shaved
with it. The results were barber like smooth and close.
The stone (toishi) has been lapped flat and the corners and edges
beveled. I have not lacquered the side or back but I will be happy to do so at
no extra costs using Deft Semi-Gloss Brushing Lacquer which is a thin but
effective coat that sheds water.
All of my stones come with a tested and appropriately sized tomonaguara
slurry stone, and a money back guarantee minus the return shipping.
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