I am not exactly which mine this stone came from but I suggest that it is a Nishi mono mine like Ohira. The
stone has a nice pleasant wave pattern with mottled colors tending towards greens, grays with hints of blue. I
have shaved off this stone and it was close but sort of harsh. I could have maybe gone back and softened the
edge with some lighter strokes but there was in any case a very fine shaveable edge after just a few minutes
with TheAxMethod. This stone could be used as a prepolisher/bevel setter or as a final finishing 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 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.
|SPECIMEN KAMISORI TOISHI #214