NAKAYAMA SUITA #115
A very hard suita stone from one of the deepest strata of the mine complex. This stone can be
used with just clear water if you are a skilled sharpener. With the addition of a slurry made with a
nagura this stone immediately becomes a faster cutter and much easier to use. The color is a
pale tan with a blush of pink and it is just full of renge. When the stone is wet it assumes a more
colorful appearance with deep yellows coming to the fore.
A bit of an odd shaped stone, it is moderately priced for this reason. There is a lot going on in the
surface of this stone, long running solid inclusion typical of Nakayama suita, concentrated silica
pockets or super cutting grit, flecks of renge in red and darker umber. The classic Nakayama
cloud pattern can also be seen. This stone is hard and rings true with no cracks. The back has a
full kawa skin that just screams Nakayama with the umber and sienna and shiny black crystals.