Ozaki historic asagi #325
From my collection, a historic early to middle 19th century mined Ozaki
asagi tennen toishi. This stone has hand sawn sides that were finished
with a sen, a simple hand held scraper tool. The back was flattened but not
by any means that I can attest to. It looks like it was just ripped out of the
ground but there are a few chisel or deep sen marks. The color as you can
see is dark green with hints of yellow, and more clearly seen in the
comparison photos at the bottom of this page, the Ozaki is left center.
I have honed two razors on this stone and shave tested those razors both
of which after a bevel set on 1,000 grit King were honed using TheAxMethod,
and after 42 strokes with a slurry generated with a worn out diamond Atoma
plate and stroping I ended up with super refined edges from the creamy
slurry which provided barber type shaves.
A perfect balance hardness, some older mined stones have a softness
in the grit that does not compromise fineness. This may sound like a
contradiction but one comparison that may be appropriate would be
wearing a fine vintage mechanical wrist watch or a newer quartz watch.
Yes they both tell time but the finer mechanical watch not only feels
better on the wrist but sounds nicer too and if adjusted will tell accurate
enough time to suit 99.9%.
The stone (toishi) has been lapped perfectly flat and the corners and
edges beveled unless otherwise noted. All of my stones come with a
money back guarantee minus the return shipping.