From one of the Umeghata mines near Okudo or Ozaki. This gousa gray stone is hard and very fine but it does
have some suji non toxic lines as you can see at one corner and one side. I guarantee 100% that they do not
affect the sharpening qualities in any way but they are a visual detractor and therefore devalue this stone a
good bit. I you have never tried a gousa stone this would be an opportunity, it is a very easy stone to use, I will
provide a tomonagura slurry stone or you can use a diamond plate to raise a slurry. This stone was shave
tested and it easily created a HHT-4 edge in just a few minutes after a bevel set on a 1k King.
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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