Vintage Specimen Nakayama Asagi.
This Nakayama asagi is very fine, provides an edge with slurry that is totally close and comfortable but can be
used with just clear water to polish brighter and slightly sharper. The grain is a beautiful homogenous cloud
pattern with under tones of blue/gray and over tones of yellow that blend to create a fuzzy green color. A classic
slab cut with the grain razor hone at 157 x 57 x 20mm with a partial typical Nakayama skin on the back, it is very
solid from front to back with no cracks or inclusions of any kind. It could be easily mounted in a wooden base or
held in an adjustable stone holder or hand held, it sits perfectly flat on a table top as it is. A modest size stone at
a modest price.
I have every reason to believe that this choice stone was mined in the 1930s or earlier.
This stone and the other kamisori toishi on my site are part a private collection assembled in Japan over the past
40 years in the area around Toyama by a collector of shaving implements. 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.
|NAKAYAMA KAMISORI TOISHI #536