A Nakayama rich yellow kiita kamisori toishi. This is an excellent and pure razor hone from the most famous
eastern mine on the outskirts of Kyoto. It is very hard and therefore perfect for as a razor hone. I have shaved off
this kamisori toishi and was impressed with the cutting speed, I always use a slurry, and went directly from a
5k Suehiro to #428 and had a shave ready edge within a few minutes. The distinct kan pattern is indicative of
hard stones and in this case will not adversely effect the sharpening qualities. Very hard stones like this do
require some skill in use but the rewards are great.
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.
|SPECIMEN NAKAYAMA KAMISORI TOISHI #428