Vintage Oozuku asagi kamisori toishi. A very pure grained asagi stone, mined pre-1950s and used as a
barber hone. This generous size stone comes from one of the old mines that is now closed up forever. A very
hard stone but wonderfully fast cutting it can be used as a final finish stone or as a final polishing stone. I
have shaved off this stone and had an excellent close and comfortable shave.
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 the entire collection over a 2 year period. 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.
|SPECIMEN OOZUKU KAMISORI TOISHI #57