Dramatic kan pattern Nakayama tomae kamisori toishi. This stone has the trademark Nakayama elements:
super fine grit, circular kan pattern, straight namazu in-filled lines, a distinct sparkle in the black skin that also
contains ocher, umber and burnt sienna colors. A supreme finishing and polishing stone, it requires a slurry to
achieve the super fast honing action but with just clear water the polishing effects kick in. The stone is hand
fitted into a vintage 1950s or earlier wooden base and 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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