Specimen Ozaki shiro suita with bands of renge. This graphic stone is from the deepest of the layers in the mine
strata complex. Shiro means white and the shiro suita layer are the hardest of the suita stones. Suita are not well
known as razor hones, but some are fine enough to sharpen up a razor, this one will do so and I have shaved off
this stone and it is one of the harder fine suita stones. This suita will act as a perfect pre-finish stone, and a
beautiful one at that but in my opinion it is a difficult finishing stone up pull a full blown edge out of.
The stone has a handsome hand finished back showing a rich corner of kawa skin. It was mined in the 1930 or
earlier and slabbed up probably in the 1950s or 60s. There are some inclusions, but all are tight and of softer
material so are not toxic and will not scratch the blade. I have tested the main inclusion and it has no loose or hard
material whatsoever. A stone being long and wide enough to accommodate almost any sharpening technique.
This stone and the other kamisori toishi on my site are from a world class private collection of over 400 pieces
assembled in Japan over the past years in the area around Toyama by a collector of shaving implements. I was
lucky enough to purchase total collection over the last 2 years. Many of the hones were actually used by barbers,
some dating to the 1920s or earlier, while others were simply prepared by the miners as razor hones as
evidenced by the size and fine quality of the stones grit composition.
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