Ozaki mine asagi.
The mottled blue/green asagi is from the closed up Ozaki mine that was just a couple of miles up the valley
from the Nakayama mine in the Yamashiro district of Kyoto. This stone has the characteristic diagonal grain
found in the Ozaki stones, and this stone is distinctive in that there are two very fine, faint and solid but benign
inclusions running diagonally across the face that mark it as Ozaki.
This stone at 74mm wide is very generous as far as razor hones go, I have just shaved off this stone using a
vintage Solingen Bartmann razor and the process was easy and the shave was very close and comfortable.
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.
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