From one of the original Kyoto Yamashiro mines this Narutaki asagi kamisori toishi is very fine and fast cutting
with some faint areas of namazu, a slightly softer blush material that does not affect the performance of the
stone in any way. The sides have been sanded smooth and sealed in cashew lacquer, the back is flattened so
it will sit on a table top or in a stone holder. I have shaved off this stone and achieved a very fine shaveable
edge after just a few minutes using TheAxMethod. This stone is can be used as a final finishing stone or
polishing stone. This stone was mined pre-WW2 but was most likely slabbed up, boxed and marketed
somewhere in the 1950s.
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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