A Nakayama dark asagi kamisori toisi. This is a classic specimen stone from one of the famous eastern
mines in the district on the outskirts of Kyoto. The stone shows the typical Nakayama kawa skin with the ocher,
burnt umber and brick red colors on a cream base on the back, and on the front the variegated asagi pattern
that looks like a faint cloud or fog. This is a very hard stone whose cutting abilities come to life when using a
nagura or a diamond nagura to raise a slurry, or if used with just clear water the stone will flatten out and
polish the bevel. I have shaved closely off this stone with total comfort.
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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