A Nakayama gray/green asagi kamisori toisi. This is a excellent specimen stone from the most famous
eastern mine on the outskirts of Kyoto. The stone shows the exact typical Nakayama kawa skin with the ocher,
burnt umber and brick red colors on a cream base with a layer of black that sparkles. On the front is the
variegated asagi pattern that looks like a faint cloud or fog and is made up of particles of green, pale yellow
blending into blue. This is a very hard but not overly so stone whose cutting abilities spring to life when using a
nagura or a diamond nagura to raise a slurry, or if used with just clear water the stone will flatten out and
polish the bevel. A joyous stone to shave from.
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.
|SPECIMEN NAKAYAMA KAMISORI TOISHI #63