A hard level 5+ suita from the Ozaki mine, this is hard enough and fine enough for razor honing. The full size
but thin stone is an even slate light gray with a touches of renge speckled here and there in the stone that is
especially noticeable when it is wet. Although a suita by definition because of the renge there are very few "su"
holes in this stone and the ones that are present are very small in diameter. There are plenty of sugi lines (all
of them are benign) running through the stone that are also typical of suita stone. With a slurry this stone
jumps into action and is a fast cutting stone, with a thinned slurry leading to clear water it is hard enough to act
as a polishing stone if that is what you desire.
I have shaved off this stone and achieved a very fine shaveable edge after just a few minutes with
TheAxMethod. This stone is can be used as a final finishing stone or polishing 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.
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