A totally unique and one of a kind specimen stone from the Umegahata mines. The straight as an arrow sugi
line at one end is typical of Nakayama toishi but without the sparkle and the absence of black in the skin I can
only attribute this stone to the general Umegahata area that would include Narutaki and up valley to Nakayama,
Shobu, Ozuku and maybe Ozaki. This is a crevice stone dug out from a corner pocket in a tomae layer, with
kawa skin on three sides and the back which is hand chiseled while the forth side was hand sawn with a noko
Exceeding rare color and configuration the stone is difficult to describe, being somewhat khaki or mouse hair
brown with a rouge blush, it does produce a yellow kiita slurry which dries to a buff beige. The stone is super
smooth and it is a true kamisori toishi that easily creates an ultra razor edge with its own slurry or with a
tomonagura. Mined in the Edo period I have no doubt that it was used all along as a barbers hone, it is thin
through use but well maintained, and profiles as a kamisori width and length as you might expect although it
will also accommodate a full size western straight razor. The hand carved and fitted wooden base is some sort
of pine or cedar, it sits flat on a table and the stone sits snugly into its mortise. With the base the total length is
24cm by 6.5cm wide.
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.
I bought this kamisori toishi from a barber shop and as with all of my stones this one comes fully lapped with
beveled edges unless otherwise noted.
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