From one of the premier mines and the closest one in towards Kyoto Narutaki has a long history that ended in
the first half of the 20th century. They were famous for the uchigumori stones used in polishing swords and for
fine edge tools and razors. This is one of the largest size true asagi stones that I have had. The green is faint
and has undertones of dull yellow, and a foggy pattern similar to the Nakayama stock but with patches on the
back of the typical Narutaki skin. A very pure stone from side to side, front to back, there are no inclusions of
any kind and all four corners are intact. I have shaved off of this stone with complete comfort and closeness
and I would call this a professional size razor hone capable of dozens of years of active use.
This is a very fast cutting stone capable of taking a razor from bevel set to shave ready in as little as 40 strokes
per side if you use a light slurry. I have shaved off of this stone and honing the razor was quick and easy and
the shave was beautifully smooth and close.
This stone was stamped when I bought it and read at the upper right Sho Hon Yama (true original mountain),
to the center left Fuji (like the mountain) and at the lower right Sei Ko Kyohin (special quality item). This stamps
have now been lapped off and the stone is perfectly flat and ready to use.
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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