Vintage Narutaki Kamisori Toishi.
From Narutaki a famous Higashi yama mine that was closed in the early part of the 20th century. A delight to use
this mottled blue/gray to faint green stone is so smooth and fine, I shaved off this stone with total closeness and
comfort. These early mined stones are not as hard as what is currently being sold, the cutting action is therefore
more accessible. This stone can be used with just clear water or with a light slurry made from a nagura. It has
been lapped dead flat and has beveled edges
This stone and the other kamisori toishi on my site are part a private collection assembled in Japan over the past
40 years in the area around Toyama by a collector of shaving implements. 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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