#16 Kiita Bench stone
A hardness level 9++ with a strong ki yellow color that is constant
from the front through to the back, this stone could be lapped on
the back to create a double sided stone. Very pure with a pattern
here and there of nashiji and a number of suji non toxic solid inclusions
that reach around the stone. The top surface is so smooth that
it is hard to at first believe that it will cut stone, but it will and black
swarf show up in clear water right away.
The hand saw nokogiri tooth pattern on the side is an excellent display of the
labor it took to shape the stone. Each side was approached from the top and
sawn half way through and the stone was then flipped over and sawn till the
cuts met in the middle as you can see by the ledge like intersection where the
cuts meet. Four cuts that all in all met up pretty closely.
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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