Totally unique Narutaki kamisori toishi. This stone cannot be mistaken for another because of the circular kan
pattern that is like a fingerprint. This pattern is similar and found also in stones from the Nakayma mine which
was at the time less than a mile away as the crow flies. A very hard stone, it will not yield a slurry on its own and
a nagura of some form is required to advance the cutting process. If used without a nagura or slurry a
polishing effect begins to take place that some users cherish. I prefer to form my edges with a slurry made of
the host stones grit or of a similar stone. This is a full bodied bench size stone at 200mm long and 73mm
wide, the kan coloration is benign and not toxic to the razor. The stone is adhered solidly to the antique wooden
base that looks to be from the 1950s or earlier. I have every reason to believe that this stone was actually used
in a japanese barber shop.
I have shaved off this stone and achieved a very fine shaveable edge after just a few minutes with
TheAxMethod. This stone is can be used as a final finishing stone or polishing 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 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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