#2105 Nakayama iromono kiita tomae
Air Raid Shelter Hoard stone

One of the beautiful. This stone looks yellow kiita when dry but when wet
it looks like an iro tomae or colored tomae strata stone with areas of purple
yellow, orange, and dots of nashiji pear skin pattern. A super performer
with just clear water is it hard enough not to slurry and with a slurry it
kicks into high gear. I have shaved off of this stone using a classic
Henckels Friodur razor, smooth close and comfortable and a vintage

The kawa on the ends is dark with areas of ocher and lots of sparkling
black mineral elements. One side shows hand sawing patterns on
clear awasedo stone showing as you can see, the other side was sawn
through the kawa so darker minerals have leached into the base of the
stone. 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 cracks
seen at both ends seem shallow at this time and local, but in the future
they could demand some lapping skills but the general body and mass
of the stone is solid.

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
with slurry
Size 190-70-42
in mm
Price $1650
1136 grams