#8 Giant  Okudo Kiita Bench stone

Stones of this size, quality and conformation are very rare and the odds of
finding one with kiita coloration was hard for me was never a part of the plan.
This particular stone came from the air raid shelter hoard that I was led to
last year, portions of the shelter are seen in the photos to the lower right.  

A dull kiita yellow color with a darker central blush and a bit of kawa on the
back. This stone and all of the other shelter hoard stones have hand saw
"nokoguri" and hand scraped "sen" sides and ends. This hand work was
phased out during the Taisho Period in the 1920s but it was the norm
previous to WW1 when circular saws became common

Because of its size it is excellent for wider kanna blades and paring chisels.
The 45mm thickness provides two lifetimes of grit. All of the dark inclusions you
see are non-toxic and solid and none of them wrap all the way around the stone.
There is a meridian line around the waist of the stone that is sedimentary
in origin and it is solid.

Not a straight razor hone but a tool stone and top notch in every way.

The stone (toishi) has been lapped flat and the edges slightly beveled.
All of my stones come with a tested and appropriately sized tomonaguara
slurry stone, and a money back guarantee minus the return shipping.

As with all of these old mined stones I suggest that the sides be sealed
and maintained as sealed sides.
TheJapanStone
All stones are sold with a
money back guarantee
minus the return shipping.
Hardness
5+
Grit Fineness
5+++
Speed/Cutting
5 ++to 5+++
with
slurry
Size 278-97-45
in mm
Weight  2944gm
S.G* 1.728
Price $3800
*specific gravity