Although from a relatively shallow strata this iro aka-pin has the cutting power and fineness of grit to hone a
hard steel German straight razor. This stone is on the 4 range of hardness and it is really easy to use with a
slurry or with just clear water. There are some areas of namazu with patches of cream with tints of red and in
one corner are sweeping streaks of red coloration. All of these color areas do not affect the sharpening
qualities of this stone but only enhance the apperance. After using TheAxMethod of honing I was able to shave
off this stone with total comfort and closeness.
A tested and matched tomonagura will be included with this stone. 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 1920 s 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.
|OHIRA AKA-PIN KAMISORI TOISHI #471