This classic asagi came from the Ozaki mine in the heart of the Yamashiro district, a narrow and short
mountain valley leading to the west of the out skirts of Kyoto. Although odd shaped this razor grade stone is
very fine and quite hard. With a slurry it can take a razor from a 1k bevel set all the way through the honing and
polishing stages leaving a shave ready edge. I have shave tested this stone and I came away with a clean and
comfortable edge after just a few minutes on the stone. There is no need to go through several nagura
progressions with this stone if you begin with a slurry. In the wet stone you can see a faint blue streak and
there are some boarderline kiita yellow hues also. Modestly prices because of the shape and size.
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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