NARUTAKI GRAY TOMAE #537
From the Narutaki mine this is a medium to hard stone
in the level 5 range, I found this stone to be fast cutting
with fine grit which easily provided me with a shave ready
edge that was both close and comfortable within a short
period of time on the stone.
The stone is predominately gray with a cloud or fog pattern
and the center is dominated by a misty faint kan or brownish
tree ring design.
All of my stones come fully lapped with beveled edges
unless otherwise noted.
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