Vintage Oozuku asagi kamisori toishi. This generous sized rectangular extremely
dense & dark stone has been lapped flat and has beveled edges. It is very pure in
texture, super fine and is a true finishing stone in the Lv5+ hardness range.
Although fine in grit this is an older stone from pre-WW2 which tend to have
advanced cutting powers.
This was an actual barbers hone in Japan and I guarantee that it will be one of the
finest stones you will own. I have shaved off this stone with total comfort and with
some skill it will give an edge a HHT-4 results with no problem. With a light slurry
the cutting action is noticeably fast, but with no slurry you will find this is a true
finish and polishing stone.
The stone has a unique hand chiseled back showing a small portion of the kawa
skin. There are no cracks or inclusions of any kind.
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.
KAMISORI TOISHI #62