Vintage Nakayama light gray asagi. The stone has a unique hand chiseled back showing the
Nakayama kawa skin, the four corners also display flashes of the kawa with some sparkly blacks
and deep ambers. Some of those same minerals have transported up to the sharpening surface of
the stone. These blemishes and the thin lines also seen are not toxic and are not cracks but
instead are purely cosmetic. This is a hard stone that can be used for final finishing or even some
polishing steps. As it sits it is lapped flat except for the lower right hand corner, and the stone has
been polished so that light and images will reflect off the surface if held at a shallow angle.
A choice hone that is at a modest price because of the cosmetic flaws.
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.
|NAKAYAMA KAMISORI TOISHI #58