Vintage Okudo asagi kamisori toishi. This is a very dense, heavy, fine and pure stone. The gray
base color is dark and brooding and the stone boarders on and looks faintly like a mottled karasu. It
is super smooth but fast cutting. I always hone with a slurry to diluted water and after just a few
minutes I ended up with a lovely polish to the edge that gave me a clean close shave.
The skin on the back of the stone has tons of detail with a watery or wet look to it. The stone sits flat
on a table, the sides still have deep heavy tooth kerf marks from the old fashioned slow speed
saws. The top has been lapped flat and the edges beveled. This type of stone would do well in a
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.
|OKUDO ASAGI KAMISORI TOISHI #443