#120 Nakayama iromono kiita tomae
Air Raid Shelter Hoard stone

Another of the beautiful. This two sided stone looks yellow and purple
when dry but insane yellow and purple, orange and even green when
wet plus small dots of nashiji pear skin pattern. A super performer
with just clear water, it excels with the included kiita tomonagura slurry
stone. I have shaved off of this stone using a classic Henckels Friodur
razor and a vintage carbon steel Japanese Kikuhide. Each provided
smooth close and comfortable shaving.

The kawa on the ends and one side is dark with areas of ocher and
burnt umber plus lots of sparkling black mineral elements. One side
shows hand sawing patterns on clear awasedo stone displaying the
depth of the colors,  This type of stone with the kawa on the sides
suggests that it was harvested from a nook in the shelf of the stones
layering. The mass of the stone is solid but you can see a crack in the
side with the kawa, it is thin and seems to go nowhere as evidenced
by the lack of inclusions on the other side and ends.

All of the stones in the Air Raid Shelter were from the same era
but I suggest several different mines. Each stone is totally unique
to the other and are not like any processed stones that I have
found in the past 39 years that I have been buying natural
stones from Kyoto. These stones were cut and finished, judging
from the hand cut saw sides, before 1920 and most likely in the
Meiji Era from 1850s to the early 20th century. The colors, shapes
and granular patterns of the hoard are much more organic then the
20th century stones that most of use are familiar with. I have found
and you will feel by testing this stone that the sharpening qualities
are not like the plain monolithic generally colorless stones that are
on the market in this first quarter of the 21st century. These stone
have all been superior in both cutting speed and fineness to the
modern processes stones and the hardness factor is a notch below
the current flood of stones too. These stones are very much
User Friendly as my clients are reporting back to me.

I would recommend that any and all of the Air Raid Shelter stones
be sealed on the sides and the ends and the backs could be an option
if any vulnerable cracks or inclusions appear. I will be willing to do this
for you is you wish.

The stone (toishi) has been lapped perfectly flat and the corners and
edges beveled unless otherwise noted.  All of my stones come with a
tested and appropriately sized tomonaguara slurry stone, and a money
back guarantee minus the return shipping.
All stones are sold with a
money back guarantee
minus the return shipping.
Grit Fineness
9++ to
10 with slurry
Size 130-60 to 40-
to 18mm
in mm
Price $320 SOLD
321 grams