This could be considered the perfect razor hone, smooth, fast, large and just the right color. From the full
Narutaki skin on the back side to the off green top with a faint karsu pattern this hone is has it all. Being only
medium hard makes this an easy hone to use with a tomonagura or with just clear water for polishing. The grit
appears to be very consistent throughout the stone. I have shave tested off this stone as I do with all of my razor
hones and the edge develop of this stone was very comfortable and sharp.
A tested and matched tomonagura will be included with this stone. 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 1920 s 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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